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.