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. Dewd Iles

    Oh, and Cape, I forgot to mention. A black dude was cruising the boulevard when his windshield blew out and his lips beat him to death.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. burn!


    May 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RR

    Its called making bacon. It happens everyday. He just went about it a different way. There are countless animals slaughtered everyday. No one is arrested for it.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marcia

    Since I'm a vegan I guess I can say I hope this guy gets the book thrown at him–jail time and fines. If people are suffering, that is unfortunate and should be addressed. But we should not minimize the fact that animals feel pain and do not deserve to suffer. I I always wonder why Christians, who claim to follow a just and merciful God, would not be outraged also. Any God worth worshipping should care about all His creatures. Would things be different if we conceptualized God as "She"?

    May 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Minnesota_Rules

    Just another reason why the red states do not get to pick the president.

    This of course is not the only reason, simply read the posts by other folks from Minnesota or other hill jacks that think it is funny.

    Dude, nothing is funny about this story. I even love to eat them, but seriously....get drunk and go stab pigs. White Trailer Trash of epic proportions. I thought when Palin did an interview while a dude was chucking turkeys was a bit over the top at least she was not going up and stabbing them with a dull knife first. What is wrong with isn't cool to be an idiot!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Lets play a guessing game: I bet he has no college education, he is white, OF COURSE REPUBLICAN, thinks Palin is hot, thinks Rush is God, and believes Beck should be president, and that his taxes are too high while he only makes minimum wage.

    Just a theory................

    May 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. burn!

    if god was a woman, then women would be the physically dominant gender

    May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hank Drysdale

    Does this mean that pork will be on sale in MN all week? wooooooo

    May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MrsFizzy

    Zoltan and all you others saying so what they were going to die anyway: which would *you* rather? A quick bolt in the brain or being repeatedly stabbed by a drunken lunatic?? I believe a pig's nerve endings work the same way as ours. Whatever you think of eating meat why is it OK for an animal be terrified and tortured when it could be treated humanely and killed quickly and painlessly? If you don't see the problem with that I can't help you!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. d3


    May 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Another_Idiot

    Minnesoty police officers are obviously as brilliant as this idiot.......

    Nice Police Work hilljacks!!! Let him go only to find 29 pigs gushing blood the next day. Thank God Minnesota police are not the NYPD. Sad but think about it. Barny Fife "reporting to duty"

    Nothing surprises me anymore which is quite sad. We have to always govern to the absolute lowest common denominator in America. Which keeps getting lower and lower every day....amazing. No wonder you guys are scared of Obama..he is educated..BOO!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CATom

    Minnesota....where liberlals and rednecks fight to see who is the most retarded. They keep outdoing each other.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. love me

    this guy is a sicko!! he needs a mental evaluation if he done such a cruel act and didn't remember any of it. What if it was a human? He would be looking a murder charges!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Another_Idiot

    If God were a woman we would all be crying inexplicably all the time and talking WAY TOO MUCH about absolutely nothing.

    Once a month we would not just have earthquakes, floods, and tornados but mile wide asteroids raining down on us with her voice being heard by all humans, "WHERE IS MY MIDOL!!!!"

    May 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck hull

    Can the pigs file for a PPPO? a Pig Personal Protection Order

    May 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. madeleine

    Perhaps he should be stab 29 times and let him bleed a bit, in spite that they are pigs, they feel pain. If you don't know how to drink get help!!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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