July 4, 2015


Woman convicted in death of dog

AKRON — A Medina County woman was convicted Friday of posing as a veterinarian and causing the death of an Akron man’s service dog.

Brandi A. Tomko, 36, of Sharon Township, was found guilty by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher after a three-day trial.

Tomko, who waived her right to a jury trial, was found guilty of two felonies — forgery and identity fraud — and several misdemeanor charges, including animal cruelty, and assaulting or harassing a service dog.

She faces a maximum punishment of 3 1/2 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Tomko passed herself off as a veterinarian at a former Akron pet clinic in 2011, with the result that many pets were maimed or died.