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Brother, sister plead not guilty to stabbing dog to death

February 7, 2012 |  6:24 pm

A brother and sister charged with using a 12-inch hunting knife to stab a dog to death in Burbank pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty charges.

Charissa Bodtcher, 23, and Timo Bodtcher, 18, are charged with repeatedly stabbing the cocker spaniel mix Saturday at their aunt's home, law enforcement authorities said.

Their mother, Maria Theresa Bodtcher, 47, who is a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, allegedly helped her children get rid of the knife near a trash bin at a shopping mall, authorities said.

She pleaded not guilty Tuesday to being an accessory to the alleged crime, according to a report in the Burbank Leader.

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