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. NoIvory

    I think CNN gave the penalties to highlight the fact that there was a lesser penalty for the pigs being brutalized. It's irony, not ignorance.

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

    Dont remember? Right. Too bad he wasnt as wasted as to use the knife on himself.. would have rid the planet of a worthless piece of S...

    May 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jess

    Imagine if this guy had stabbed people instead of pigs. Someone get this dude some help.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ac

    The muslim community should be very happy-they hate pigs.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rodfromnc

    That, my friends, is what you call a "blackout" . Alcohols' evil 'little sister' and one of the most dangerous effects of booze. If you get "blackouts", time to STOP drinking.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Pork Bellies closed at 102.50 cents a lb.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Disgusted

    You can't not remember 29 pigs squealing and screaming and running for their lives?? If you can do that and can't remember then you don't belong free walking the streets.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. omglolz

    Phew...I thought few cops got killed.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    This guy should be CANED and WHIPPED and put into a Jail without Window!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Haylyn

    Maybe you misread the story. The man was drunk- I'm not saying this was a good thing, but at least it's an excuse- and he unintentionally stabbed the pigs while he was unaware of doing so. It's disgusting that he even got drunk in the first place, but don't make it sound like he intentionally grabbed a knife and went through cutting pigs for no reason at all at his own will.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. josh

    ill donate 100 for his legal fees

    May 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan

    HELL is too good for this beast of a human! I hope to God that he gets the worst kind of cancer and suffers from it!

    There is NO defense for someone to have done what he did. He is taking up space in this life and I truly hope he gets his!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Haylyn

    I agree with ISM. He was wrong, but at least he was a man and he sucked it up and didn't try to deny it.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marie

    If a human being can do this to defenseless pigs, then what can he do to defenseless people. It's discusting, and should be treated seriously. You know what they say about serial killers.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. m

    the guy is a sick puppy and needs to be put down.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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