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. Rolyat

    Hey RockyMtnMan – your a pig for that comment. In fact I bet you are a FAT PIG !
    Is your Momma a FAT pig too ? Low life piece of trailer trash

    May 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    I keep having visions of scenes from Deliverance.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon

    "humans are the root of all that is evil on the planet"

    So true, and it's mostly the human males.

    .

    May 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. capexcitemnt

    little johnny goes to school in detroit. his teacher is teaching the class about farms . she asks does anyone know what sound a pig makes? little johnny jumps up and yells, " on the ground mutha f*$#@ !

    May 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    If this guy could do this to innocent animals, think what he might do if he got drunk again, and decided to do the same thing to a child or adult human.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stpaulgirl

    He was drunk?? I really doubt alcohol was the only thin he was on. And no one noticed until the next day? Smart police work.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RD White

    Worthless piece of human trash; this act of human cruelty defies the imagination. Now leave it to defense attorneys to outsmart the prosecutors and get this trash off the hook with a slap on the wrist.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Layla

    I hope he gets the 5 years plus the $10,000 fine. Probably not the first animals he's mutilated. He'll get his backdoor surprise when he's locked up.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. meateater

    Pork the other white meat.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. burn!

    people die every day in the US and around the world and no one says a word. A handful of pigs get cut and you'd think a school full of children was set ablaze. Give me a break with this

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. colby

    leave the man alone he got drunk and killed some pigs big deal

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Agentwise

    "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..."

    Everyone brings up the pig stabbing no one has a problem with the drunk driving though? Oh the society we live in is wonderful.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim L

    maybe he was hungry for bacon and krogers was closed.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TomOfMaine

    This is the result of being conditioned from birth to think that it's ok to brutalize, kill and eat members of other voiceless species against their will. Total desensitization. So disgustingly selfish.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Manny

    ""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."

    and that was that morning before he even started drinking.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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