Fake Vet Accused of Killing Pets

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An Ohio woman has been jailed for killing and injuring pets in her community while impersonating a veterinarian. Brandi Tomko, 35, of Tallmadge, Ohio is facing charges on 33 counts, including practicing veterinary medicine without a license, prescribing dangerous medications and performing surgery, and cruelty to animals.

The indictment alleges that between April 2011 to October 2011, Tomko acted as a licensed veterinarian, and notes that:

a. Tomko performed surgery on clients’ animals, and at least one animal died in surgery.

b. Blood for heart worm tests was drawn, but tests were never run – even though clients were told that the results were negative.

c. In the case of two cats that were spayed by Tomko, “the incision sites were twice as long as needed and infected. The operations did not appear to be performed by a veterinarian.”

On Tuesday, Tomko plead not guilty on all counts.

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