A 35-year old woman has been indicted for impersonating a veterinarian.
News Channel 5 cameras caught up with a couple of pet owners who spoke about Brandi Tomko, who allegedly treated pets at the now-closed C&D Animal Hospital on Brittain Road.
Kenny Reymann said he had to take his dog "Charlie" to C&D to see Tomko in April of last year and says she's the one responsible for his death.
"Charlie was there for three days, I picked him up on the fourth day, she released him to me and said his appetite would get back and get back to normal," he explained.
"That night was his last night, I woke up the next morning and he was gone."
Tomko allegedly performed surgery, wrote prescriptions and treated animals, even though she is not listed as a licensed veterinarian or vet tech.
Tomko, was arraigned on 33 criminal counts in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday morning after turning herself in.
She allegedly took the cash from customers to by heroin.
Holly Denavich said that she was suspicious when she took her dog in to Tomko's office.
"She wouldn't give me any numbers for his temperature or anything, she was in regular street clothes and I didn't see any certificates or credentials hanging from the walls," Denavich said.
"When I went in there, nothing seemed legit."
Her dog "Teddy" survived , but other people's pets weren't as as lucky as a cat had to be put to sleep after attempting to declaw it.
Kenny looked Tomko up on the Ohio State Veterinarians Board and didn't find anything.
The indictment includes five counts of injuring animals, five counts of cruelty to animals, one count of practicing without a license and one count of identity fraud. It also includes several drug charges
Kenny Reymann says Tomko needs to be punished accordingly.
"Brandi Tomko is a monster," said Reymann. "She needs to be stopped and I hope she goes to jail for a long time," he said.
Tomko has pleaded not guilty Tuesday and is currently being held on $10,000 bond in Summit County Jail.
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