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. Joe

    Somebody needs to hurry up and process those carcasses before it spoils. A lot of good bacon lying there.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Billy

    he must have hypertension

    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMALGAMATE

    Thsi guy needs to be ground up and fed to teh pigs-hope he gets 5 years

    May 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Meat

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Grilled Pork Chops tonight baby.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Madlogic

    I like that even though cruelty to animals is involved, CNN thinks that "the two most serious charges" are burglary and damage to property. Ah, the soulless media.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ingrid Marcellino

    I feel sorry for him and the pigs!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ISM

    WOW, atleast he admitted it!! Too bad he didn't just take his frustration out on the hay instead!!

    May 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karma

    If you eat pork raised in factories (which is the vast majority of pork), worse things have happened to the pig YOU ate. Watch the movie Food, Inc.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shawn

    Really who cares? THe pigs taste good for breakfast.....YUM YUM

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

    Madlogic –

    They were referring to the fact that thee crimes carrying the stiffest penalties, not which ones were morally worse – try and understand

    May 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. koryokick

    Maybe the pigs turned him down and he was in the mood. What a loser I would claim ignorance too

    May 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spine

    "hurting them so badly they had to be slaughtered"

    Strange world we live in.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. toby

    He should be elevated to a Muslim Imam....

    May 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Desiree Jai

    what it all boils down to is that these were defenseless creatures didnt deserve to attacked for no reason..i know they are just "pigs" but its still cruel and total unneccessary..

    May 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Just another day in farm country.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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