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. Ridiculous

    What the guy did is disgusting. But I am wondering what kind of punishment meat packing companies should get? They do kill animals too.

    I guess I don't understand cruelty laws. If an individual hurts a animal its cruelty. But a company kills millions of animals to supply food to us its not cruelty.

    I am a meat eater. But I am always wondered about this.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe blow

    serial pig killer

    May 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Make a sausage out of him and give it to the pigs.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    So, I'm just wondering what so many here find to be the real crime here? These pigs were going to wind up killed for food anyway, and if you don't know much about how pigs are slaughtered in the meat industry, then you probably won't understand how they didn't necessarily wind up worse off through this.

    I'm not trying to justify what this man did, but to start some thought and/or discussion about how we usually treat animals when it isn't reported on CNN.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    How does 'damage to property' carry a greater legal penalty than the mass murder and torture of other living beings?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jim

    its kinda wierd yeah he did something really bad but the cruelty to animals thing is kinda funny they were born to be KILLED so how can u justify charging this guy with that as well as property damage how can u consider it an animals feelings when u already consider it just property lol

    May 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sara

    I dont understand how they didnt realize he had cut on the pigs. They say he had blood on his clothing, and if he had cut these pigs so badly, there should have been a strong odor.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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  9. Bezoar

    Euthanized, my left foot... Those pigs were bound for a fate worse than a humane death by euthanasia to begin with. Hopefully this will bring some light to two issues – first, that animal cruelty carries pitifully low penalties by law and second, that animals in factory farms are treated worse than this man treated them on a daily basis. Your tasty bacon is brought to your table by horrific suffering, not by happy little pigs on an idyllic farm. Pigs are as smart as dogs and have feelings, they deserve humane treatment.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike W

    Maybe this guy was trying to keep the witnesses quiet. He might have had his way with them. ewwwwwwww. Maybe he was trying to make bacon with the bacon? I dunno.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dewd Iles

    Yeah, Sara. Well-cut pigs ought'a stink like crazy?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DM

    Wait... Who arrested Cole?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    The point is, he did this for no reason other than to stab pigs. Even though I'm sure they're killed in an inhumane way when slaughtered for meat, they are killed intended to feed people. This guy just killed to kill. I think that's the argument here.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mom of Three

    Haven't eaten meat for 20 years because I DO realize the disconnect meat eaters have between feeling sorry about stories like these as they go off to eat their bacon cheeseburgers. It's all wrong.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kanon

    How did he manage to kill 29 officers?

    JOKING. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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