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. Justin

    Hey, man, next time your drunk and need some bacon at 2am, try the Denny's, okay?

    May 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ashley

    Did he got died?

    May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lo-lo

    To Couptaker, that is EXACTLY what I was thinking also!!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    CNN – He arrested Cole? Cole is the police officer....

    May 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Poundingsand

    Brock asks a good question. Police encounter a drunk man with skinned knuckles and blood on him, and they ask no questions. Dewd Iles, you are the idiot here...

    May 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dewd Iles

    Stephanie, by your ridiculous comment, i.e., "... 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 . . . " I know you're Christian. And, Stephanie, the only thing worse than a Christian is two Christians. But, the Christian stands alone when it comes to selfishness.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Todd

    4 legs good... 2 legs bad...

    May 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    Hahaha, Jen, too much. Use a drunken idiot to wage your little war on raising animals for food. You are funny.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marie

    I am a christian and I believe animals have souls the same as people do. Period.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M. Miller

    I hope he dies a horrible long death....

    May 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Poundingsand

    And now, after having read all of the posts, I decree that "Stephanie" wins the dumb f*&k of the day award! Congratulations to Stephanie!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pat

    What a pig!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Heath

    What a disgusting person to do such a thing under the influence or not.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Da Meat Man

    WOW, I'm surprised this made made National news, iti took place only a few miles from my home.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Valerie

    That is really inappropriate, referring to the slain police officers as porcine farm animals. Also, why did they have to euthanize them? Didn't they have insurance that would pay for medical treatment?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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