Fake Veterinarian Convicted of Killing, Injuring Animals: UPDATE

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[UPDATE, March 15:] Brandi Tomko was sentenced to 18 months in prison today based on charges of identity fraud, animal cruelty, drug possession, forgery and practicing without a license.

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[Feb. 8:]

A woman who had posed as a veterinarian in Akron was convicted today on eight counts relating to animal cruelty.

WEWS reports that her sentencing will take place next month. Here's more from reporter Sarah Buduson:

Prosecutors said (Brandi) Tomko pretended to be a veterinarian at C&D Animal Hospital in Akron, Ohio. They said she drew blood, wrote prescriptions and performed surgeries on animals, including spaying cats and neutering at least one dog.

Prior to this case unfolding, Tomko had been convicted several times for possession of heroin and cocaine. When C&D Animal Hospital in Summit County closed and other veterinarians left, she stayed behind and continued operating illegally.

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