A Washington man who blew up his dog because he thought it was possessed by the devil somehow avoided animal cruelty charges. Authorities decided to charge Christopher Dillingham with reckless endangerment and possession of an explosive device, but not animal cruelty, because the dog didn’t suffer.
Skamania County deputies arrived at Dillingham’s home early Sunday morning following multiple reports of a loud explosion. The remains of the dog, a yellow lab named Cabella, were scattered across the 45-year-old's yard, Gawker reported.
Dillingham, a fireworks stand owner with a lengthy criminal record, used a homemade explosive device to blow up the dog. He said that his ex-girlfriend, who had given him the dog, "put the devil in it." Dillingham was making preparations for a nuclear "rapture" and had also taken all the metal objects out of his house because they were inhabited by "the souls of demons."
Cruelty charges require proof of animal suffering and because the dog's death "was instantaneous," police decided the cruelty charge wasn’t warranted.
Skamania County Prosecutor Adam Kick did say animal cruelty charges will be added later "if the law allows."
Dillingham is in jail. His bail has been set at $500,000.
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