Duke rose to the occasion and emptied the trap when he left for work early. He woke up my little hero to show him the results of a rodent encounter with a spring-loaded trap. (ugh!)
The boy was so impressed, that he couldn't wait to describe it to me before breakfast.
I agree that those who abuse or torment animals should be stopped. When it comes to having my home invaded, however, I'm happy to bring these fellows to a quick and certain end. He didn't live long enough to be abused . . . although his last meal wasn't organic. . . I don't think it made any difference in his overall health.
Meanwhile, I think I'll leave the traps out for a bit to be sure he didn't leave a forwarding address for his friends.