May 5th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Minnesota man charged with stabbing 29 pigs

A drunk man stabbed 29 pigs in Minnesota, hurting them so badly they had to be slaughtered, according to charges filed against the man by police.

Curtis Adams, 23, said he did not remember stabbing the pigs, but did not deny having done it, Detective Matt Owens said in court papers.

A veterinarian said the best option was to "euthanize" the pigs, which were worth $7,824.67, according to police testimony.

Another police officer, Deputy Clint Cole, found Adams at a hog barn in Martin County, Minnesota, in the early hours of April 27, Owens said. Cole was responding to a suspicious person complaint.

"Adams' knuckles were skinned up and he had blood on them and smelled very strong like pigs and had pig manure on him," the police statement says.

Suspecting Adams was drunk, Cole had Adams stand on one leg and perform other tests to check sobriety. When he failed, Cole gave him a breathalyzer, which suggested Adams was over the legal limit.

He arrested Cole, later releasing him to a sober driver, police say.

Later that morning, workers at the Wiechman Pig Company, which owns the barn, discovered that a number of pigs had been cut.

Owens, the detective, went to the barn, where he met Adams, who was coming to retrieve his pickup truck from the scene.

Adams "had dried blood on his shirt, pants and shoes," Owens noticed.

Workers at the barn found a knife in the grass while the detective and Adams were there, he said.

Adams said the knife was his, according to the police officer.

"Adams did not deny being in the hog barn or stabbing the pigs, but he would only say that he could not remember," Owens said.

When he showed Adams photos of the injured pigs, "Adams stated that he must have done it, but he does not remember doing it," Owens stated.

Adams has been charged with six counts, including cruelty to animals, damage to property, burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol. The two most serious charges, burglary and damage to property, each carry potential penalties of five years in prison or $10,000 fine, or both.

It was not clear from Minnesota court records if a trial date has been set.

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  1. Brock

    Why did it take until the next day for authorities to notice the blood/pigs?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    What's in the water?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stinkysullivan

    Curtis is white trash!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josh

    I hope he gets swine flu and dies. What a worthless piece of human : (

    May 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dewd Iles

    Perhaps we should have our over-worked police departments assign 24 hour protection for pigs, you know, in case some wayward drunk wants to stab them?

    Boy howdy, Brock, you take whatever prize exists for asking. . . well, very very different questions. When did you first notice that you were singularly stupid?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    I like that the article says the deputy was arrested. This guy is really messed up to kill pigs. What was the point?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    Stuff like this (and worse) happens everyday on factory farms across the country. If you're disgusted by this and you eat factory farmed meat, you should read up on the subject.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    Eye for an eye!

    May 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Elejenn

    "He arrested Cole, later releasing him to a sober driver, police say."

    Very well edited right?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John LaFayette

    I think this kind of cruelty should be the more serious charge. The man should do hard time. There is so much evidence that people who do this kind of thing have no problem doing the same to another human being.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. victoria

    wow...did he want bacon that badly?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KRIS


    May 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GW

    This guy is a cowardly thug. Just a matter of time before he moves on to people; just ask the FBI about the link between cruelty to animals and violence against people.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PigLover

    I find this completely ridiculous. Seriously? This made the news?
    I agree. Every pig needs a personal body guard... or fat guard seeing as it's a pig

    May 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Couptaker

    This is our chance to put him away ..Before he cant remember killing your family

    May 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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