I went to the Animal shelter with my dogs’ rabies tags to get them their licenses. I asked the employee (who was wearing an animal control uniform) What I could do about a cat (I didn’t know which cat it was at the time) crapping on my front porch. She went into the storage room, came out with a trap. The kind of trap sold in pet product catalogs as “stray cat rescue kits”. I asked her “is this legal?”. She replies “As long as it’s on your property”. So I have it from an animal control officer. Not a judge, attorney or even a real cop, But at least someone who specializes in the field and has represented my county as such for several years. As for killing the animal, If my cat (OK, my wife’s cat) came up missing, you better believe that I would get my ass down to the pound within 3 days. And here’s the beauty part: the first time an animal is brought to the shelter, it costs the owner of said animal $30.00 to obtain it’s release. The second time in a one-year period it’s $60.00, the third time $90.00. The fourth time the same animal gets brought to the pound, forget about it, Fluffy’s not going home with you. If the neighbors keep catching your pet on their property, you’re habitually breaking the laws designed to protect it and their pets & property.
As for my username, I chose it when the whole pit bull discussion was going on because I have one. And a Rottweiler. And they never leave the yard unleashed.