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. davec

    Good one Charles. Some animals are more equal than others.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gerry NH

    This idiot needs to be locked up for a long time. It was luck that he wasn't at a dance or some other public function. Killing while you are drunk is not an excuse for anything.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. davec

    Anyone here see the Gaffigan thing on bacon?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SAM

    > Gerry >Why didn't you make it to work yesterday? "I was killing while I was drunk!" Works every time.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. davec

    Now, now Gerry in NH. I have done mass animal killing yet have not killed masses of people.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. San Diego by way of Minnesota

    Animal cruelty trumps all the other stupid charges. I am usually pretty fair when it comes to judging, except when it comes to animal abuse. In that case, i say Like for Like. Stab this guy until it's better slaughter him to put him out of his suffering from his wounds. Enough said.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charles

    Knvies don't kill pigs, people kill pigs. And start forest fires.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. davec

    Kill the pigs was the chant in the late '60's. I therefore surmise that this poor fellow has been taken over by the ghost of a hippie.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe M.

    Shut up Jen

    May 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    He should stab himself.....Nasty pig showed up at the crime scene later that day still wearing the same funky clothes........Damn pig!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SAM

    "Some animals are more equal than others." Grow up dude! So you think the laws are unequally balanced towards animals? Grow a brain.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andrea

    What an idiot who does that??

    May 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    Sam, you might want to grow up and read a book once in a while.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SAM

    pig stabbers

    May 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SAM

    Charles! Are you another of the idiots that thinks "the animals is keepin' you down"?

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