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. james

    thats awesome

    May 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    In addition, yes, pigs are slaughtered everyday in meat packing plants. However, it is done in a humane way where the animals is killed in a rapid, painless way. Not by a drunken idiot who caused those pigs to endure a long period of pain and suffering.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ExAZSunsFan

    Pigs are not any good alive. He was helping the farmer and he should be paid for it!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Did they need a breathalyzer for that? If you're stabbing 29 pigs, you're PROBABLY over the legal limit.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tonic

    It's strange that some people don't see the cruelty in this. While the pigs may have eventually been slaughtered, they feel exactly what we would feel physically if stabbed and cut up and left to suffer. Slaughtering (in theory, though one wonders) is meant to be as painless as possible. Sick, sick, man.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MMMM....

    MMMM reading this has made me hungry for a ham sandwich for lunch... maybe some bacon for breakfast tomorrow.... I hope they saved the meat! I would hate to see bacon go to waste!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    Did they need a breathalyzer for that? If you're stabbing 29 pigs, you're PROBABLY over the legal limit.

    CNN, could you please STOP censoring my comments?

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dewd Iles

    Capeexcitment, remember, you started it. Sooooooooo, anything goes.

    We had a terrible tragedy in our town recently. A blond was raking leaves and fell outta the tree.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ExAZSunsFan

    Maybe it was self defense...

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. colby

    maybe he just wanted to have fun

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zoltan

    so,,these pigs were slaughtered earlier, hows him stabbing them any less humane then just shooting them in the head when its slaughter time?

    May 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter

    Alright it came through.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Smith

    Why is burglary and damage to property worst crimes than cruelty to animals. It should be the other way around.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DROCK

    We should give this guy all the booze and ammunition he can get his hands, slap a military uniform on him, and send him to Afghanistan! I bet then we would be able to defeat the "evil terrorists" !!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim L

    charged with burglary, what did he take. also how can they charge him with dui when the police didnt see him driving the truck. Although it is a good charge a good dui lawyer would get him out of that one.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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