I was just speaking to a caregiver as there was a complaint in her area. She in turn was telling me that people are dumping cats again. She said one woman she suspects is an especially recalcitrant dumper. She has gone down and spoken with her, as has the town council on several occasions. The woman will not budge to get the cats sterilised.
The volunteer said there was a pregnant cat on the street and she booked an appointment to get her sterilised. When the date drew near the cat disappeared - she suspected the woman took the cat in to let it give birth. Kittens were soon found dumped in the area.
It really gets to me - why do people continue to let their cats give birth? If say they have a home pet, why not keep it indoors at least while it is on heat, so it doesn't get pregnant even if they don't sterilise it? Do they think that cats somehow enjoy mating? Why let the cat give birth when they clearly do not want the kittens? Do they think that throwing the kittens downstairs means that the cats will have a good life in the neighbourhood? Or do they simply not care what happens? Then why let them be born in the first place? Is it because they feel bad about killing, but not bad about abandoning the kittens to their fate, whatever that may be? One of the kittens in fact was run over by a car.
The problem in most cases is no consequences. How do you even catch someone dumping? It's almost impossible. So the problem is taken out of their hands and they just go out doing whatever it is they've been doing all along. The problem is passed on to the caregivers - they end up with an increasing cat population. They end up having to pay for sterilisation and additional food - and dealing with complaints coming in.