A Man Posing as a Fake Vet Sentenced To Probation

Steven Vassall pleaded guilty “to scheming to defraud and to unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine”. Vassall pretended to be a vet and was accused of performing medical procedures on at least 14 animals. He was sentenced to probation and mandatory psychiatric treatment.

Vassall finally was brought down by Fred, a stray tabby. An investigator posing as Fred’s owner asked Vassall to come to an apartment and pretended that Fred needed to be neutered. Vassall said he would do the operation for $135 and was arrested when he left with Fred and the money. Fred received a Law Enforcement Appreciation Award for his good undercover work.

(Thanks Debra)

2 Responses to “A Man Posing as a Fake Vet Sentenced To Probation”

  1. Elderta says:

    The saddest part of this story is that Fred was then taken in by the DA who prosecuted this case. Fred was heralded as a hero in NYC, but a few months afterward, he ran out of his owner’s house, and into the street and died. It till makes me sad.
    http://www.gothamist.com/2007/.....fred_1.php

  2. Cathy says:

    Now if he was posing as a human doctor, he would have gotton a lot more than probation. Are animals less important?


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