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. WOWCody-Scary Comment

    You can humanely kill an animal for your survival and the fact that over millions of years we have evolved to find them tasty. This was not about was about torture. So you can kill an animal with purpose and need.....

    Or you can get drunk and go stab pigs and roll around in pig really do not see the difference do you?!? It is Peta members like you that basically say EVERYONE GO STAB eat them. Again, WHERE IS LOGIC??? Does anyone even think anymore.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. youhoo

    because it was still dark out

    May 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anon

    disappointing that our coutnry has people who act this way and treat another living thing so horribly and cruely, especially a living thing that is probably more intelligent, cleaner, and more loyal than most people. no wonder our country is going down when our citizens do this. anybody who thinks this act is funny should be ashamed.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RuralMichiganMom

    I wonder if he is related to Ed Gein!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gambol

    riv – "Some day humans will realize..."

    Live long and prosper! Now, aim us towards the Nordamian quadrent. Make it so...

    "... behavior towards our 4 legged brothers and sisters and some with no legs at all."

    This is why they tried to keep the kids of the 60's from dropping acid and then later having children.

    "Being killed HURTS A LOT!"

    How do you know!?

    May 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. srgmsu

    So – he stabbed 29 pigs yet was charged with only 6 counts of animal cruelty! ??

    May 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tom

    someone in this blog said this guy is a white trash...that is correct...i know him...he is a trash and looser also...

    May 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. char267

    Ironic that these poor pigs get slaughtered earlier as a result of being stabbed. Slaughtered on a factory farm = your throat being sliced while hung upside down. Watch the movie Earthlings. You'll be a vegetarian or Vegan when you're done, that's if you can sit through it.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Wow, Stephanie. My guess is you are an uneducated redneck hillbilly...But that's just a guess. No animals deserve to be tortured. Anyone who thinks they don't have souls is a complete and utter nutcase. I bet you don't believe in evolution either. On the same token, factory farms are heinous places that torture these animals. People, wake up and educate yourselves. If you knew how the bacon on your plate was treated when it was alive you would never eat another bite of pork. If you must eat meat, buy it from a socially responsible vendor like Whole Foods, or another place that pledges not to buy from factory farms. We all better hope there is no reincarnation...

    May 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jonathan

    First of all, animals were not put on the planet to be eaten; they were put here to be an integral part of the ecosystem and provide food for other wild animals that feed on meat alone. Second, as many can attest to, there is no scientific basis for your argument Stephanie.

    Second, there is no evidence that you can contract Swine Flu from stabbing some pigs or consuming raw pork. The chances of him contracting any type of disease such as the H1N1 virus are next to nothing in this situation.

    I feel bad for the pigs. Animals or humans, animals have nerves, and nerves register pain in the brain. It is actually pretty plain and simple.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gail

    What a jerk this loser is. What on earth could he have been thinking? I guess he was so drunk he wasn't thinking. I have no sympathy for animal abusers, whether they are drunk or sober.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jimmy

    if he had a nickel every time he stabbed a pig..... he'd have $1.45 I guess.. not too shabby

    May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 3Little Pigs

    Maybe his mom & dad died of heart attacks from eating too much bacon.....revenge is a mutha f@#$%^

    May 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    I hope Kirstie Alley will be ok.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mitchyj

    Maybe he was kosher.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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