July 17, 2024

Crime

Josephine “Josie” Ragland, 28, is dealing with costs associated to the loss of life of Charlie, a 3-year-old French bulldog who allegedly died in her care.

Charlie, a French Bulldog, allegedly died whereas within the care of coach Josephine Ragland. Bart Hanson

A Connecticut canine coach has pleaded not responsible to costs associated to the loss of life of a North Studying canine that allegedly died in her care. 

Josephine “Josie” Ragland is dealing with costs of larceny over $1,200 by false pretenses and intimidation of a witness in reference to the loss of life of Charlie, a 3-year-old French bulldog. The 28-year-old Haddam resident, who has been accused of being a rip-off artist by former purchasers, was arraigned in Woburn District Courtroom on Wednesday.

In keeping with court docket data, Ragland was launched on private recognizance, however with a number of circumstances, together with surrendering her passport and never working or volunteering for organizations that work with animals.

In keeping with the felony grievance in opposition to Ragland, Charlie’s proprietor, 43-year-old Bart Hanson, paid Ragland to coach Charlie at her dwelling for 2 weeks at the start of September. All the pieces appeared fantastic till the tip of the 2 weeks when, as an alternative of returning Charlie, Ragland allegedly advised the Hansons he’d run away.

The Hansons contacted North Studying police, and through their investigation into Ragland, she allegedly lied to police a number of occasions. In keeping with the grievance, she finally admitted that Charlie died a number of days after she picked him up, and that afterwards, she despatched the Hansons photos of Charlie she’d taken when he was alive.

At the moment, police took custody of 4 different “malnourished” canines that have been in Ragland’s care earlier than returning them to their homeowners throughout New England. They mentioned they have been additionally capable of recuperate Charlie’s emaciated physique, which had been left on the facet of the highway in Connecticut. 

In keeping with the grievance, former Ragland purchasers in California have accused her of abusing and neglecting their canines. Police in Palo Alto interviewed these purchasers after a German Shepherd went lacking in her care. 

A pretrial listening to for Ragland’s case is scheduled for Jan. 10.