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. Stephanie

    To all you animal activists and PETA lovers... they're animals! God put them on this Earth for us to eat and be healthy eating. They don't have souls. They're food. Plain and simple. Is what this guy did terrible? Yes. There was no reason for it other than he was drunk and probably angry. Should he be punished? Of course. But look at it this way. Better he take his drunken anger out on some pigs rather than a human being. Think about it.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. love me

    Not a pig or a person! It could have easily been a person if this guy had no clue of what he did! who knows there might be a person out there they missed?

    May 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sara P

    Sara Palin and Michelle Backmann told him to do it.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nancy

    "Adams has been charged with six counts, including cruelty to animals, damage to property, burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol."

    Alcohol is always an aggravating factor in violent lunatic stuff like this. I bet a pot head would not have done this, they might have eaten the pig at least.

    How did they book him for drunk driving when he was not even at the wheel?

    May 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Just so you guys know, Minnesota is the most literate state in the country.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AnneSD

    There are a lot of people out there nowadays that drink to get totally oblivious. When people are so drunk they are stupid with it, they do insanely stupid things and don't remember them.

    Not too many years ago, people had a few drinks - often even too many - but there was not the culture of binge drinking that there is today. Binge drinking is not cool, it is stupid.

    And for all of you condemning this guy for what he did while completely out of his mind on alcohol, look at yourselves and make sure you don't engage in the same stupid behavior. If you have kids or other younger relatives, teach them to drink responsibly.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Another_Idiot

    So stephanie God put your cats or dogs on this planet for us to eat?!? Is that what you are saying? The bacteria, monkeys, dinosaurs..were all here for us to eat made by God. guys really need to get on the evolution band is 2010 is hopeless talking to anyone like that. You do not have a single real thought in your head...

    By the way your logic that he would either stabs pigs or humans is stuff that Einstein, Hawking, Socrates would be inspired by. I am actually lol at you now...Where do you people come from....really...

    Note Steph: Humans do not have souls either. If we do I will give you or anyone on here 10 billion dollars to show me a picture of it. We do have brains though...think about using yours before you speak!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. capexcitemnt

    my mother says people should be allowed to eat their children

    May 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. greg

    Wait, will you remind me why alcohol is legal and marijuana is not?

    May 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Another_Idiot

    Because Jesus liked Jesus Juice...seriously...that is the answer!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gambol

    If you're 23 and your name is Curtis Adams ...

    you just might be a redneck.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WinterClover

    This dude deserves to be stabbed...over and over and over and over before he burns in hell!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cody

    Why is anyone disgusted or weirded out about this? Anyone who sits down and eats animals or animal products is contributing to the same suffering. Eating animals when you can be perfectly healthy without doing so is no less unnecessary than getting drunk and stabbing one.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rivirivi

    The parts in the bible which say that humans are here to eat, kill, and otherwise use all animals of the planet was NOT in any of the older books from which the bible came from. THe bible is a bad translation of 75 (then 73) older books. Some day humans will realize their SEPARATISM for which they excuse their repugnant sociopathic behavior towards our 4 legged brothers and sisters and some with no legs at all. Being killed HURTS A LOT!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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