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. SAM

    Poor Charles.... He just can't get ahead in life cuz the cows takin his jobs....the dogs is takin his bed. He just can't compete out there with the animal laws the way they are! Poor fella!

    May 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    Everywhere there's lots of piggies
    Living piggy lives
    You can see them out for dinner
    With their piggy wives
    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles

    With around 2 billion on the planet, domestic pigs are also by far the most numerous pig species. Pigs are omnivores, and despite their reputation for gluttony, they are generally social and very intelligent animals.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. davec

    SAM it seems you don't know where the quote "Some animals are more equal than other animals" comes from. It comes from the book Animal Farm. The previous post of FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD is from the book. You are an ignorant one, aren't you?

    May 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anon


    Thank you for your comments. Though there are books on the topic, one does not have to read a book to understand the logic that any relevant morality requires a standard, or else there would only be each person's individual ideas against each other person's ideas. Many have come to understand this on their own, independant of reading any text, simply by following logic. In fact, it has been what has led some very well educated devout atheists to realize that there must be a God after all. Examples can be provided if you can't find them by searching the Web.

    Tell me, Tom, if there is no God, what is good? To the man in this news article, it was good in his mind at the time to stab the pigs. Terrorists consider it "good" to kill defenseless innocents to spread their message. Charles Manson considered it good at the time that so many should die they way he caused them to. Where do you draw the line? Who's concept of good, or right and wrong, do you use? Should each person only use their own ideas? Should everyone's ideas be considered of equal value? If so, then what right would society have to arrest anyone for doing what was good in their own mind?

    Also, if there is no God, why would it be sad that people only pretend to be good? Wouldn't only their actions matter, and not their reasons? As long as they act good, why would you care what their motivations were? Motivation for seemingly good actions only matters if we will be held accountible for our thoughts.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Teco

    Make him eat pork skins morning, noon and night for the rest of his life the useless jerk, calling him a pig would be an insult to swine everywhere. Seriously what a horrible thing to do to any living creature he makes me sick.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. davec

    anon. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The only morality that matters is that of me, davec.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SAM

    I'm so sorry I didn't read ANIMAL FARM. I guess i won't be getting accepted to college after all. I am now in the lowest "haven't read ANIMAL FARM" percentile. Maybe someone will still love me.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charles

    I have a friend who opened a package of bologna and saw the image of the Virgin Mary. He swears he will never eat another pork product again. True story.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. R.J. Kennedy

    I love bacon!

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

    SAM, get the book today and read it. It is about socialism.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    Regan used the "I don't remember" line during Contra. He got off.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    Don't worry Sam, this is the internet, you can be whoever you want. You can change your screen name, come back and drop the Animal Farm quote as if you knew it already. Then the other people who also didn't read it, but only read the Cliff notes will be impressed.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anon


    Thank you for providing an excellent example of my point in much fewer words. 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    Perhaps the pigs were going to eat HIM....might be self defense.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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