Chased by a dog, jammed into drawers, squeezed to death - examples of the unbearable suffering 200 rare birds were subjected to in the Black Country.
Chad Wogan, Jake Higgs, Thomas Knox and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, tortured the birds before posting them through letterboxes and dropping them though people's windows.
The birds were stolen from Lee Williams' aviary in Brownhills. They were bundled into sacks and containers, with only one finch left alive and another dead at the property in Bridge Street, Clayhanger.
Mr Williams, a rare bird breeder, had spent his whole life collecting the rare jays, finches,
At Walsall Magistrates Court this week, it emerged how the gang were captured on security cameras arriving in Goscote in the early hours of January 12 with the bulging bags and boxes.