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. aiych


    what a stupid idiot, seriously, even when drunk how do you get the idea to randomly go stab a bunch of pigs?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MCR

    So...what's the difference between this drunk bozo stabbing pigs and some minimum-wage worker killing them in a slaughterhouse? Why is one considered drunken cruelty and another considered all in a day's work?

    May 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rocky

    It doesn't matter because these pigs faced the same destiny either way it went. Die by the knife now or later. Kind of like partial birth abortion so stop your whining about a bunch of pigs.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mrrusss

    I can't tell you how many times Dick Cheney did this when he was young, and it got covered up by the department because of who he was.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. daday

    This is the job's of alcohol, make those alcoholic drink maker accountable, if he didn't drink he didn't do this crime.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pdoc...

    Guess he was just High on the Hog:)

    May 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mrrusss

    Someone get this guy drunk and take him to a taping of Chelsea Lately.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mrrusss

    I'm not really condoning my last comment.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. derek

    If I had a nickel for every time I forgot about stabbing 29 pigs the night before............

    May 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kyle

    All you hippies who say he's going to kill people, grow up, just because you kill animals it doesn't mean you will kill people. I've killed dozens of animals as a hunter and I'm not killing your family so calm down. And if you think killing animals is wrong, you better be a vegetarian or you have no argument.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. derek

    Hey daday...... I've been drunk hundreds of times and never stabbed 29 pigs. Case closed... get out of my courtroom.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cyg

    Should have blasted him for criminal tresspass and been done with it.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Concerned

    Ask Curtis Adams how he would like to be stabbed 29 times.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mrrusss


    Did you kill dozens of animals in one frenzy or over time? Just curious.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. derek

    And Kyle... Actually it's a fact that many, many serial killers abuse and torture animals. But i don't expect a non-hippie like yourself to process and interpret facts and information correctly. Wow, you mean every hunter doesn't kill people! Shocker! Does every hunter stab 29 pigs? According to your logic they do. Logic...look it up.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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