“How the hell can he get off after such a heinous crime; who says the dog didn’t suffer? I’ve never heard anything so bloody stupid in all my life. What about premeditated intent to kill, surely that counts towards animal cruelty etc! Instantly or not, this psycho should be put away for a very long time before he endangers or kills more lives; sick bastard!!!”
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As if blowing up a dog wasn’t enough to spark outrage in anyone with a heart, it has been made all the worse because charges of animal cruelty have been dropped against the man in what some believe is a ridiculous loophole in the law.
“It sounded like a high-power rifle outside my window,” said Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown, who was awoken by the blast.
A number of neighbors called authorities, who arrived at Dillngham’s home to find the dog’s remains scattered about the yard. Deputies said Dillingham was throwing furniture that he claimed was possessed “by the souls of demons,” outside in preparation for “the rapture.”
The deranged man said that he killed Cabela because his ex-girlfriend, who had given him the dog, “put the devil in it.” He distracted her with treats while securing the device around her neck.
Dillingham owns a fireworks stand called Thundershack, and made the bomb using black powder from the fireworks. He protected himself and detonated the device, which killed Cabela instantly.
He was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, but the charge was dropped due to wording in Washington law, which states:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally (a) inflicts substantial pain on, (b) causes physical injury to, or (c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes: (a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or (b) death.
Because Cabela died instantly, it was determined that she did not suffer, and animal cruelty laws revolve around the concept of suffering. Apparently, violently and unnecessarily murdering a dog is not illegal.
“We’re taking this very seriously because it is clearly a violation of state law,” said Undersheriff Dave Cox. “It’s a pretty laid back bunch of folks here who own a lot of animals, so it was fairly disturbing to have this happen.”
“I don’t think anybody in my office or prosecutors or the criminal justice system will sit back and say the dog is no big deal,” Brown said. “I think it’s a tragedy.”
Dillingham is no stranger to law violations: he has previously been in trouble for felony unauthorized use of a vehicle, assault, and two charges of drunken driving.
He is due back in court August 15th, where additional charges may be filed.
“We are reviewing the animal cruelty statutes and case law, and if the law allows we will file additional charges in relation to the killing of the dog,” said Adam Kick, the Skamania County prosecutor.
Previous owner talks about Cabela – Man Who Blew Up Dog Not Charged with Abuse Because Dog ‘Didn’t Suffer
Published on 6 Aug 2013
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.