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 clientsโ€™ 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, โ€œthe incision sites were twice as long as needed and infected. The operations did not appear to be performed by a veterinarian.โ€

On Tuesday, Tomko plead not guilty on all counts.

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