On August 1, 2018 the Alberta SPCA received a complaint that a dog had been castrated by someone who did not have a licence to practice veterinary medicine. An Alberta SPCA Peace Officer attended the home near Bentley where the dog’s owner claimed his dog has been castrated by his neighbour. After investigating, the Alberta SPCA charged Thomas Fredrick Smith with one count under the Animal Protection Act (APA) 2(1.1) of causing an animal to be in distress, and one count under the Veterinary Profession Act (VPA) 2(1) of providing veterinary medicine to an animal without a licence.
On September 18, 2019, Thomas Fredrick Smith pleaded guilty in Red Deer Provincial Court to a charge under the APA of causing an animal to be in distress. The charge under the VPA was withdrawn. Smith was fined $2,500 dollars.