Fake veterinarians facing legal trouble in Florida and Ohio

One veterinarian impersonator is waiting to learn her legal fate, while another finally received his sentencing after being arrested in 2010. In both cases, the defendants were accused of mutilating and even killing animals during the course of their unlicensed surgeries.

Jail time for fake veterinarian in Florida

In Fort Myers, Fla., a man was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation for performing surgeries on animals without possessing a veterinary license, according to ABC 7. He also must pay a $500 fine as well as court costs.

While impersonating a veterinarian at his wife’s animal clinic, Eugene “Larry” Gentsch allegedly operated on several patients - performing procedures such as spaying and declawing. An earlier report by ABC 7 determined that Gentsch was responsible for the deaths of at least six pets.

Gentsch’s wife, licensed veterinarian Dr. Amy Gentsch, was also arrested in 2010 on suspicion of knowingly allowing her husband to operate on animals in her hospital. The couple allegedly told clients at Dr. Amy's Animal Clinic that Dr. Amy Gentsch was the domestic animal veterinarian while her husband specialized in exotic animals.

According to ABC 7, Dr. Amy Gentsch pleaded guilty in October 2012 to employing an unlicensed veterinarian. She received two years of probation from the court and also was put on probation by the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine, although she is still licensed to practice veterinary medicine.

Ohio woman on trial for unlicensed veterinary work

A 36-year-old Ohio woman is on trial for allegedly performing surgeries and issuing prescriptions without a license while pretending to be a veterinarian.

According to Fox 8 News, Brandi Tomko is facing 13 counts during her trial, including practicing without a license, identity fraud, theft, forgery, and assaulting or harassing an assistance dog.

Tomko was an employee at C&D Animal Hospital, which provided low-cost veterinary services and operated as a no-kill animal sanctuary, Fox 8 News said. When the clinic’s owners and veterinarians abandoned it, Tomko reportedly stepped in and began portraying herself as a veterinarian or veterinary assistant to clients.

Prosecutor Gregory Peacock alleged in his opening statements that Tomko performed surgical procedures such as declawing kittens, leading to deadly consequences for some of the hospital's patients, the media reported.

Peacock’s allegations were supported by two clients who testified that Tomko’s declawing efforts led to one kitten suffering from a life-threatening infection, and one kitten not surviving the procedure.

Tomko’s defense attorney, John Greven, is arguing that the witnesses never actually saw Tomko performing the procedures, which makes it difficult to prove that she was actually the person who did it, the news said.

The judge in the ongoing case will decide Tomko's legal fate, as Tomko has elected not to go before a jury, Fox 8 News said.