Released just to be caught again?
I mentioned in a post yesterday that one of the town councils released some sterilised cats that had been trapped and the caregiver realised that several of these cats were someone's home pets. The caregiver walked by the area again today and realised to her horror that the owner had let the same cats out again! They have been microchipped and the owner was told to keep the cats in, but when the caregiver asked why the owner let the cats out, the owner said they make noise in the flat.
It's not as if this owner does not know the cats might get caught - they have been caught once already. The owner has also been told that the cats are not going to get a second chance if they are caught again. So it's not like the owner does not know the consequences or is just naive.