Bird-brained thugs kicked and stamped pigeons, chickens and a 15-year-old goose to death in a killing spree at an allotment.
The distraught 69-year-old owner said he knew something had happened to his beloved pet when he couldn’t hear it when he arrived at his plot.
One of his chickens met the same shocking death, while two other hens were snatched.
On another nearby plot, three pigeons were left with broken legs and wings after being kicked – in the end their owner had to have them humanely killed.
Police say other animals have also been left to escape in the break-ins at allotments in Hartlepool, Co Durham, between 1pm on Sunday and 9am on Monday.
The 69-year-old, who like other allotment holders has asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “Whoever has done this, they are not normal in head.
“They’ve killed innocent animals and they should be held to account for it.”
His 72-year-old pal added: “He is devastated. You could see the boot marks on it. It’s going on all the time, it’s crazy, and the police can’t just stand around here all the time.”
The 58-year-old, who lost his pigeons, said he wants Hartlepool Borough Council, which owns the sites, to put more security measures in place.
He said: “I’m distraught because my pigeons are my life.
“I’m very soft-hearted when it comes to animals and me and my wife were distressed when we saw them all squashed on the floor.
“It’s taken me years to breed that strain of bird and they might not cost anything to others, but they’re valuable to me.”
Cleveland Police, which has been working with the council on crime prevention with allotment holders, have branded the incidents “absolutely horrific attacks.”
A council spokesman added: “We utterly condemn all such cases of animal cruelty and we will do whatever we can to help the police catch those responsible.”