Fake Akron veterinarian Brandi Tomko found guilty in Summit County Court
Sarah Buduson, newsnet5.com
9:21 AM, Feb 8, 2013
5:47 PM, Feb 8, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - Fake Akron veterinarian Brandi Tomko was convicted Friday morning of numerous charges she was facing.
Judge Paul Gallagher found Tomko guilty after a three-day trial in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Tomko was stoic and had no emotion as the verdict was read.
She faced eight charges related to accusations she injured and killed animals she treated while posing as a veterinarian at C&D Animal Hospital in Akron.
She'll be sentenced March 15 at 10 a.m.
Tomko denied the accusations while testifying in court Thursday.
Prosecutors said 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.
Pet owners who said their animals were injured or killed by Tomko gave emotional testimony Wednesday.
Kenny Reymann told the court about the morning he discovered his beloved dog, Charlie, was dead.
"He was on the ground. My other dog was whining next to him. Looking at him. I lifted up his paw. It dropped. Lifeless. He was gone," Reymann said.
Reymann said Charlie had recently been treated by Tomko at C&D Animal Hospital in Akron. He said he believes Tomko is responsible for Charlie's death.
Reymann told NewsChannel5 on Friday that justice was served with the verdict. He said the ruling was very emotional for him.
Injured Persian Gulf veteran Robert McGee also testified in court Wednesday. He said his service dog, Allie, also died after receiving treatment from Tomko.
"She had had a really bad seizure and was vomiting and constant urine loss and she finally just down… And just went to sleep and never woke up," McGee said.