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. Jen

    He should've just stabbed himself instead of the pigs; what a worthless piece of trash!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Billy

    6 counts? He should have been charged with 29 counts of animal cruelty alone. They need to throw this guy in jail quick before he kills someone.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kingtrick

    ITS BACON! the pixie dust of the culinary world. seriously though, you get drunk and stab pigs ? total psycho.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dizzy Buzz

    Sad story, but at least Mr. Adams took ownership of his wrongdoing. That's more than can be said of many of our "educated pillars of society" that deny or sidestep any culpability when confronted with seemiingly solid evidence of financial, political or religious wrongdoing.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ACE

    Please tell me one of those pigs was named Michelle Bauchmann

    May 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kingtrick

    "I hope Kirstie Alley will be ok." lol

    May 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tman

    how does he charged for cruelty to animals, while as I write this hundreds or even thousands more are being slaughtered by big companies who are way more cruel in their process of slaughtering? doesn't make much sense to me!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gregor Tallicheck

    Insert **deprecatory animal comment here**.
    Insert **judgment of the superiority of humans here**.
    Insert **insensitive remark about the worth of an animal's life here**

    May 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pockets

    He is a low level primate, not far off from the ape family like the rest of us, but he has not even reached that level. He is more monkey than ape.

    This guy needs to be castrated and if he is seen in a bar or being in possession of alcohol, shot on the spot.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charles

    This is terrible and inhumane. He should have let the pigs enjoy their lives in peace and happiness, so that the farm could slaughter them later.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KJH

    People I don't understand why some of you think that leaving a comment about how a person should or shouldn't die is behavior that would be above what this person was arrested for! That in fact is close to a feloney and in some states you could be arrested for it alone. People make mistakes and sometimes it makes it on the news, but I have never been in any courtroom where the defendant wasn't looking for a deal or badmouthing the judge or lawyer because they were handed down a sentance that they thought was too much. Please think before you wirte something that people read! And to some of you a little growing up yourself is in order!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Laura

    Let me get this straight, 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, yet the fact that he stabbed the pigs counts as what??
    What kind of society do we live in where is is worse to destroy property or burglarize, yet to harm a living animal (or many living animals) carries little consequence?? The pigs had to endure suffering for a while before they were put down and that carries little charges.
    Insanity at it's best!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JaXXas

    Holy swine flu, I ate 29 pork chops! Coincidence? I think not!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Seriously.

    Will someone please tattoo "Possibly the next Hitler" on his forehead before releasing this scourge back into the public. Thank you.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bowman

    He went hog wild

    May 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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