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. Charles

    Do pigs dream? If they do, is it all mud and slop? Or do they dream about eating pork chops and applesauce? These are some of the world's greatest mysteries.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SAM

    I shall read Animal Farm. That is all.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SAM

    Then I will be worthy of posting things on the internet.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SAM

    Damn Tom... I hate you!

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

    Sam,

    "Proof," as many want shown in such a debate, as in scientific experiments that yield quantifiable results, likely does not exist on either side of the debate. The point, then, is in the logic. If there is such a thing as "good and bad," or morality, then it has to be more than just each individual's opinion. If there is only each person's opinion of morality, then it does not really exist as a universal truth. Science would tell you that it could not be proven to exist. If morality does not exist as a universal truth, then no one could really say that any action by another was "wrong;" they could only say, "to me, that was wrong."

    The point is that some action is absolutely wrong, not just "wrong to me," then that implies that there must be some absolute definition of wrong. There cannot really be one without the other.

    As far as whether or not the indifviduals thought they were doing what was right, Sam, you are correct to say that people will do things that they are sad about doing at the time, and that they believe would be jusdged as wrong by God or others. However, we each make our own decisions, we each evaluate whether or not to take an action, weigh the value of taking or not taking the action, and then do what we want most based on those evaluations. It may seem as selecting the lesser of two evils, but that is still deciding one is good compared to the other. Even if commanded to do something against our will by someone with a gun we know to be loaded against our head, we still choose, and, in fact, some will choose to wait for the bullet rather than follow a command they believe is wrong.

    I would challenge anyone to disprove by logic that each person deas at all time just what he or she wants to do in that situation. People do what they think is best for one reason or another in each and every situation, and often those opinions of best, or "good," conflict with the opinions of others.

    As for how I "know" that I "have chosen the right god," I am convinced, as each person must be in their own mind, of course. It is not something most people could "know" in the sense of having experienced with our five consious senses. Few people have ever experienced God in a physical sense, but the evidence of God can be found if we open our mind and heart.

    Have a good day, all. Hopefully I'll see you on discussions of other articles, too.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TOM

    Burn in hell SAM.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. capexcitemnt

    this little piggy had roast beef

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eddie

    Almost 300 comments deep into this mesh of opinions and the ways of the world havent changed. Of course it hasnt. The question is when will humans as a whole respect life itself. Not just the pigs, not just ourselves, but everything else as well. This guy who did this clearly doesnt have respect for life at all. Its very evil what this man did and he deserves the maximum punishment for the 29 lives he took. The beautiful and helpless creatures couldnt defend themselves in anyway and people cant go on thinking that they're just pigs because they're not. They are living, breathing, animals who were babies at one point and had mothers who gave birth to them. All these comments ...but at what point will things actually change? I hope the pigs are resting in peace far away from this cruel world that we live in and especially far from people as stupid as the dude who did this to them.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobby

    So he will get sausage gravy for breakfast. A BLT for launch and porkchops for diner

    May 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TOM

    "I would challenge anyone to disprove by logic that each person deas at all time just what he or she wants to do in that situation. People do what they think is best for one reason or another in each and every situation, and often those opinions of best, or "good," conflict with the opinions of others.

    Sorry but laughable. I have done some stupid things while knowing I was not doing the right thing in that particular situation. So if I am but one exception... there is the logical proof for your broad generalization.. There are many tho.

    "As for how I "know" that I "have chosen the right god," I am convinced, as each person must be in their own mind, of course. It is not something most people could "know" in the sense of having experienced with our five consious senses. Few people have ever experienced God in a physical sense, but the evidence of God can be found if we open our mind and heart."

    So no? I bet millions of other people in other religions are just as sure as you are, that they have chosen the correct religion/god. And I guess they will burn in hell forever for it too.

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

    i bet he also had pig's blood on his private parts as a result of buggering the pigs.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NMhispana

    and he didn't remember? yea, that's what they all say....

    May 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RoseColored Corrective-Lenses

    Really?

    Destruction of Property charges, AND animal cruelty charges?

    I'm all for putting this guy in jail, he damaged property! However, animals or not, you charge one or the other. Are they people and animals with individualized rights and protections, or are they property?

    They shouldn't be both, or why are we not charging the people who slaughter the pigs with cruelty? They can say it's humane, but it's not and we all know it... so... either he's destroying property, essentially meat, or he's destroying animals. You can't have your bacon and eat it too!

    May 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john stamons

    THE DUDE WAS DRUNK

    May 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lachman

    This man should be sentenced to five years in prision and should be fined 10,000 dollars, which should serve as an eyeopener to any such future abuser of animals.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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