A September trial has been scheduled for the Medina County woman accused of posing as a veterinarian and causing the death of an Akron man’s service dog.
Brandi Ann Tomko, 35, will go to trial Sept. 11 in the court of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher.
Tomko appeared before Gallagher Monday morning for arraignment on six additional charges that prosecutors filed last week in a supplemental indictment. She entered a not guilty plea through her attorney.
One of the supplemental charges is a third-degree felony: assaulting or harassing an assistance dog, resulting in its death last October.
Tomko would face up to three years in prison if she were convicted of that charge.
The dog, an 8-year-old Samoyed, was trained to help disabled U.S. Navy veteran Bob McGee, who served in the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s.
Tomko, who is free on bond, is accused in a 39-count indictment of injuring animals, animal cruelty, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, felony theft and numerous drug offenses.
Prosecutors said the incidents occurred between February 2010 and April 2011 while Tomko was treating pets at the C&D Animal Hospital on Brittain Road in East Akron.
The clinic has closed.
Prosecutors contend Tomko used money she took in at the clinic to support a drug habit.
John Greven, Tomko’s attorney, said he was still reviewing police and prosecution evidence and declined further comment.
Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or email@example.com.