December 6, 2023


A California canine proprietor accused 28-year-old Josephine Ragland of taking her German Shepherd for coaching after which returning a distinct German Shepherd.

Josephine “Josie” Ragland, the Connecticut canine coach who was charged in reference to a North Studying canine’s loss of life, is now dealing with extra expenses in California, in line with the Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace. 

The 28-year-old Haddam resident made headlines earlier this fall after North Studying police charged her with larceny and intimidation of a witness in reference to the loss of life of Charlie, a 3-year-old French bulldog that allegedly died in her care. Police started investigating Ragland after she did not return Charlie to his house owners and informed them he’d run away. 

Charlie, a French Bulldog, allegedly died whereas within the care of coach Josephine Ragland, who police suspect of being a scammer. – Bart Hanson

North Studying police quickly found that Ragland had been concerned in one other canine’s disappearance in California months earlier than, in line with court docket paperwork. They started working with police in Palo Alto, who supplied them with almost 50 pages on their investigation into Ragland following the disappearance of a 7-year-old German Shepherd named Scott.

Palo Alto police spoke to 18 of Ragland’s former purchasers, who informed them she had allegedly abused and uncared for their canine, and that her coaching enterprise was a rip-off, in line with court docket paperwork. 

Regardless of this, Ragland was not charged in California – till now. In response to court docket information, she was charged with larceny of a canine whose worth exceeds $950 and grand larceny of private property exceeding $950 on Oct. 23. 

The Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace declined to touch upon the costs, however court docket information point out that they stem from an occasion which befell on Dec. 19, which matches the timeline for Scott’s disappearance. Scott remains to be lacking.

What occurred with Scott

Scott’s proprietor, Carolina Bruchilari, employed a coach, who was later recognized as Ragland, to take him for a two-week coaching in mid-December 2022, NBC Bay Space reported. Bruchilari informed the information station Ragland appeared authentic, however that she turned suspicious of her when Ragland allegedly returned a distinct German Shepherd to them on the finish of the two-week coaching interval.

Ragland ghosted Bruchilari after taking the faux Scott again, however finally texted her saying Scott had damaged via a window whereas within the care of one other coach who Ragland had left the canine with whereas she handled a household emergency, Bruchilari informed the information station.

Ragland stated Scott was “positively useless” as a result of the coach had discovered blood, clumps of fur, and a part of his paw, Bruchilari informed the information station. She blamed the opposite coach for returning a distinct canine to them and  stated she was unaware that had occurred.

Palo Alto police’s investigation into Ragland discovered that, throughout the two weeks she was purportedly caring for Scott, she spent loads of time on the native on line casino, in line with court docket paperwork. North Studying police additionally found as a part of their investigation that Ragland had usually been going to Mohegan Solar whereas a number of canine, together with Charlie, had been in her care. 

Ragland was arraigned in Massachusetts final month and launched with circumstances together with that she not work or volunteer with organizations that work with animals. She is due again in court docket on Jan. 10. 

Extra allegations out of California

San Francisco resident Diana Zlotnikova, 23, was one of many purchasers interviewed by Palo Alto police. She stated she employed Ragland to take her canine Marni, who was a 4-month-old pet on the time, to do fundamental pet coaching for 2 weeks across the similar time as Scott. 

Marni, Diana Zlotnikova’s canine, when he was a pet. – Diana Zlotnikova

Zlotnikova stated Ragland informed her she was taking Marni to her residence, however refused to inform her the deal with. Ragland informed “a really convincing story” a few earlier consumer threatening her security to justify this to Zlotnikova and reassured her of her {qualifications}. 

When Ragland returned Marni, he seemed very skinny, Zlotnikova stated. She discovered that he’d misplaced 5 kilos – a fourth of his whole weight. He was additionally soiled, she stated, and had urine and feces throughout his physique. 

Zlotnikova had begun crate coaching Marni earlier than he went to stick with Ragland, however stated she had to surrender on it when he returned as a result of he had develop into fearful of his crate. Removed from having been educated, she stated, Marni had regressed below Ragland’s care.

“Total, he was not doing effectively. He was scared, anxious, hiding in corners from individuals,” she stated. 

When Zlotinikova confronted Ragland about Marni’s situation, Ragland bought indignant and accused her of not persevering with Marni’s coaching correctly, amongst different excuses, Zlotnikova stated. It took Zlotnikova some time to just accept what had occurred, as she had a tough time believing somebody might do this to a pet. 

“She was excellent at manipulating me into considering that I didn’t perceive one thing, or [that] I’m overthinking a scenario,” she stated of Ragland. 

Marni, Diana Zlotnikova’s canine, is an grownup canine now. – Diana Zlotnikova

Finally, Zlotnikova tried to report Ragland to police in San Mateo, the place she lived on the time, however they referred her to Palo Alto police, as they had been already investigating Ragland. Marni has since recovered, Zlotnikova stated.

“It breaks my coronary heart to assume that somebody couldn’t admire the fragility of him and somebody might deal with him badly,” she stated. “There was additionally loads of guilt on my half that I used to be misled into considering my canine goes to be in good fingers.”