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. BenSerene

    Adam should attend an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zeus

    Hey man! Atleast he stabbed a pig animal and not a pig cop! You see I knew this one dude who stabbed a police man and who never got caught for it. Who cares if he stabbed a pig? Let the man just buy the owner a new pig of the same race and weight. Jesus Crist man! We all eat killed animals everytime we eat a hamburger or a hotdog or when we eat at KFC.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MIIY

    Animail abusers/killers tend to kill people at the end.
    This is what I am scared the most by this article.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    I bet he deserves The Noble Pig prize.he has shown who is the Boss!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kevin

    he has stabbed 29 pigs but think about the fear he may have left in rest of the pigs.I feel more concerned about the anxiety the rest might have experienced becouse of this moron

    May 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lost Lettermen

    Crazy story! Great article.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
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