A Kat Production
Your eleven-year-old son Ricardo is an animal lover. He has managed already to persuade you to allow him to have a pet cat (lone survivor of a feral litter rescued from a neighbor’s garage) and a pet dog (he just followed me home but I’m sure he doesn’t belong to anyone because he’s covered in fleas!) Today while walking the dog, he happened to see a stray tomcat with a rat near the dumpster of an apartment complex a few blocks from your house. The cat took off when he saw Ricardo and Sam the dog coming. Ricardo noticed the rat was injured but still alive. He picked it up and brought it home, where it is now resting comfortably in the nest he made for it in a plastic tub.
You walk into a very tense situation, with your spouse upset because your son not only touched a rat but brought it into the house; furthermore, he refuses direct orders to remove the thing at once. Ricardo is near tears as he tries to enlist you on his side: “He’s hurt and I can’t just throw him out to die!”
Good luck resolving this one!