No Animal Cruelty Charge for Christopher Dillingham, Washington Man Who Blew Up ‘Devil Possessed’ Dog
KOIN reports 45-year-old Christopher Dillingham of Stevenson believes the world will soon end in a nuclear holocaust and that the ‘Rapture,’ when evangelical Christians believe they will be transported to ‘heaven’ to be with Jesus Christ in the earth’s final days, is nigh.
Dillingham allegedly told Skamania County sheriff’s deputies that his ex-girlfriend gave him a dog named Cabella and “put the devil in it.” While preparing for the end of the world, Dillingham allegedly made an explosive device using black powder from fireworks, fitted it around the ‘possessed’ dog’s neck and detonated it in his backyard while his children were in his house.
The Columbian reports the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as the Metro Bomb Squad and other local authorities, responded to the explosion.
Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown, who lives nearby, heard the blast.
“It sounded like a high-power rifle outside my window,” he told KOIN.
Dillingham faces charges of second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and explosives possession– but not animal cruelty. According to prosecutors, Cabella did not suffer because he was killed instantly by the explosion and so legally there was no cruelty involved in the alleged heinous act.
Dillingham, who has an arrest history dating back 20 years, is being held on $500,000 bail.