UPDATE: Christopher Dillingham, Washington Man Who Allegedly Blew Up ‘Possessed’ Dog, Pleads Not Guilty

Comments Off on UPDATE: Christopher Dillingham, Washington Man Who Allegedly Blew Up ‘Possessed’ Dog, Pleads Not Guilty

“This psycho needs to be taken off the streets, he is a danger to both animals & the public.; if he can blow up a dog, what else is he capable of??. How the hell can he plead not guilty; when he made the bloody bomb with the intent to blow up his dog! Personally I think this can be classed as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty! I don’t see how he can evade prison, but if he does; then the law regarding “did the animal suffer” needs to be changed…of course the animal suffered; it was bloody blown up!!”

Christopher Dillingham, a Washington state fireworks seller, pleaded not guilty Thursday to blowing up his dog with explosives.

Christopher Dillingham blew up his dog

Dillingham, 45, of Stevenson, Wash., allegedly blew up his 3-year-old Labrador retriever – a gift from his ex-girlfriend – because he believed it was possessed by the devil, authorities told the Associated Press earlier this month.

Dillingham pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Skamania County courtroom Thursday to charges of possession of a bomb or explosive device with intent to use for an unlawful purpose, animal cruelty, a fireworks violation, and reckless endangerment, prosecutors told CNN. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

The animal cruelty charges were filed after the other offences because investigators initially said that the 3-year-old dog didn’t suffer during the incident.

Dillingham, who owns a fireworks business, allegedly told authorities he was preparing for “the rapture” when he strapped explosives to the dog’s collar. Authorities said the dog died instantly, according to the AP.

Cabela blown up with home made bomd

Neighbours called the Skamania County Sheriff’s Department about loud explosions coming from Dillingham’s home around 3:45 a.m. Aug. 6. Deputies discovered the dead dog’s remains on Dillingham’s property.

Dillingham reportedly told authorities he was preparing for the end of the world, which he believed was imminent due to a nuclear attack.

He also allegedly told sheriff’s deputies that his ex-girlfriend gave him the dog and that she “put the devil in it.”

When Dillingham allegedly strapped explosives to the dog, he distracted the lab with treats so it wouldn’t try to knock them off its collar.

He allegedly told police he made the explosives from black powder derived from fireworks.

Dillingham remains in the Skamania County Jail, where he has been holed up since Aug. 4.

He was unable to come up with the $500,000 bond set by a judge.

News Link:-http://www.ibtimes.com/christopher-dillingham-washington-man-who-allegedly-blew-possessed-dog-pleads-not-guilty-1388879

Please sign petition demand Justice:http://forcechange.com/71703/commend-pursuit-of-justice-for-dog-blown-up-by-owner/

Related post:-

Advertisements

Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Man Who Blew Up Dog

Comments Off on Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Man Who Blew Up Dog

“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!!!”

Please sign this petition & demand justice for Cabela:-http://forcechange.com/71703/commend-pursuit-of-justice-for-dog-blown-up-by-owner/

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.

At 3:45 am on August 4th, Stevenson, Washington resident Christopher Dillingham blew up Cabela, his family’s golden Lab, by attaching a home-made explosive device to her collar.

Cabela blown to pieces by deranged sick bastard!!

“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.

Christopher Dillingham

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.

 News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/animal-cruelty-charges-dropped-against-man-who-blew-up-dog/

Petition link:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/309/576/671/charge-chris-dillingham-to-the-fullest-extent-of-the-law-for-blowing-up-his-dog/

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.

Video: Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred: Reward Offered

Comments Off on Video: Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred: Reward Offered

“This is just heartbreaking…I will never comprehend what fun, humans get by torturing something that can’t speak for itself; nay scream out for help!! All I do know is they are cowards, bullies, always picking on those they know can never tell; of the pain inflicted upon them. I hope the heartless bastards that did this suffer third degree burns at some point in their pitiful lives; for only then will they realise the pain they caused to Indy. I will be praying for his good health to return & hope he soon finds a loving forever home! Watch the video, look into his eye’s, see his pain? It just bloody kills me inside, that I can’t take away his pain, knowing his suffering was caused by human hands…well the hands of some sick evil, cold-hearted psycho’s; to be precise. Those who abuse animals & children don’t have it tattooed on their foreheads; so please, always be vigilant!!

On July 5th, 2013, a 2-year-old Staffordshire named Indy, was found wandering the streets of Van Nuys, Calif. He was badly injured from what seems to be a cruel July 4th fireworks prank. Indy was found with third-degree burns over half of his body.

Photo Credit: S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

When the dog was found on the streets, he was taken to East Valley Animal Shelter and on July 9 S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team stepped in to save Independence – Indy for short.

Veterinarians believe that fireworks were strapped to the dog’s body and then lit.

“It was a deliberate and horrific act. It was done out of malice,” S.T.A.R.T. Rescue co-founder Rene Ruston told NBC Los Angeles. “It’s hard to see a dog like that in so much agonizing pain and he doesn’t deserve it.”

According to Dr. Daniel Slaton, fire from the fireworks went down Indy’s legs. The dog tried escaping the strapped pyrotechnics but as he walked, he burnt the bottom of his feet.

Indy is currently being cared for atWestlake Village Animal Hospital. Dr. Richard Grossman, well-known burn specialist, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, and animal advocate, was called in to help with Indy’s surgeries. Indy is expected to stay at the hospital for approximately six weeks to repair the extensive damage caused to his body and legs.

Indy is expected to recover from the burns. Sadly he will be left with some disabilities and will need rehabilitation. Eventually he will recover and move into a forever home where he will be loved unconditionally.

S.T.A.R.T. is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those who injured Indy.

To follow Indy’s road to recovery, visit S.T.A.R.T Rescue Facebook page. Warning, there are graphic images of Indy’s injuries on the page.

If you would like to help Indy you can make an online donation or mail a check to:

S.T.A.R.T.
PO Box 4792
Valley Village, CA 91617

Donations should be sent as “Personal and Gift” so no charges are taken out. Please write INDY in the memo.

 Warning Viewer Discretion – Does Shows Burns On Dog

Indy The Sweet Dog With Severe Burns

Published on 7 Jul 2013

WARNING – The images in this video are graphic.
UPDATE 7/9/13: Indy has gotten to a vet through the Good Samaritan Program and has been seen by a burn specialist. He is having surgery tomorrow and will have to remain in the animal hospital for several weeks. He will be rescued by START Transport Rescue this week. START is going to need donations to help cover his vet care and rescue costs.
Please donate to START to help with Indy’s vet care here:http://startrescue.org/

%d bloggers like this: