My FIL almost wound up in jail when one of my MILs favorite cats ended up in a trap. That trapper was so scared I wouldn't be surprised if he never set another one.
Is the dog OK?
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.