No animal cruelty charge for man who blew up dog

Christopher Dillingham is alleged to have used explosives to kill his dog. (KOIN-TV)

Christopher Dillingham is alleged to have used explosives to kill his dog. (KOIN-TV)

A fireworks stand owner who blew up the family dog because he thought it was possessed by the devil will not be charged with animal cruelty, prosecutors in Washington say.

Local TV station KOIN reports Christopher Dillingham, 45, allegedly attached an explosive device to the neck of his yellow Labrador Retriever at 4 a.m. Sunday and detonated it.

The Skamania County sheriff said the explosion woke him up. Responding police found remains of the dog strewn across the yard and arrested Dillingham immediately.

The man told police he was preparing for the end of the world due to an impending nuclear war and that his dog, Cabella, given to him by an ex-girlfriend, was possessed by the devil.

Dillingham, whose children were not injured in the explosion, faces charges of 2nd degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices. The local prosecutor said he is not charged with animal cruelty because the dog died immediately and did not suffer.

An online petition seeks to “Charge Chris Dillingham to the Fullest Extent of the Law for Blowing Up His Dog.

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August 6th, 2013
11:07 am

Uh, this guy is obviously a lunatic. Are they going to just let this man roam around free? He needs to be locked up in a mental institution or it’s just a matter of time before he comes across a human that is “possessed”. And whether the dog suffered or not, the man killed him for no good reason. Maybe the dog wanted to live. He should be charged with animal cruelty as well.


August 6th, 2013
11:10 am

Ok, now that tells you something about our justice system. This guy blows up a dog and gets no time. Come on!


August 6th, 2013
11:17 am

Um…tied fireworks around the dogs neck? How is that even remotely humane?

Bob Johnson

August 6th, 2013
11:21 am

And Mike Vick got how many years for dog fighting? Yea our justice system is alive and well in good old USA!


August 6th, 2013
11:21 am

This man was allowed to run a fireworks stand?

The Old Man

August 6th, 2013
11:24 am

My grandmom always said that you can judge the character of a man by the way he treats children and animals.

This guy needs to be locked up in a kennel for life.


August 6th, 2013
11:27 am

How on earth is that not animal cruelty? I am confused.


August 6th, 2013
11:29 am

The local prosecutor should lose his job.


August 6th, 2013
11:32 am

That damn judge better have a damn better legal answer than that. I hope both of them rot in hell.
Maybe they will get the same thing the innocent animal got.


August 6th, 2013
11:39 am

@MANGLER, have you been to a fireworks stand? This is pretty much what you get.


August 6th, 2013
11:40 am

As a lawyer and former prosecutor I’m mystified by the Prosecutor’s claim the dog “did not suffer.”

Kev Hayes

August 6th, 2013
11:42 am

The local prosecutor is probably related to this idiot. Incredible.


August 6th, 2013
11:47 am

Maybe to prosecutor bought the story about the dog being possessed and the guy ended it’s suffering. That’s the only way the prosecutor could possibly believe the animal did not suffer. Maybe someone should convince the prosecutor that the dog was a bad dog and committed a number of doggy sins and didn’t have time to repent before the lunatic blew it into pieces, and now is suffering in doggy hell for eternity. I bet that arguement will get more traction with this delusional prosecutor.


August 6th, 2013
11:47 am



August 6th, 2013
11:49 am

Mike Vick caught hell for fighting dogs… And this fool blows up his dog by tying a bomb around its neck!!!! And no charges are being filed. Well I’ll be DAMNED!!!!!!!!!!!

Promoting the stereotype

August 6th, 2013
11:49 am

And now we read that a version of the “running of the bulls” is coming to Conyers.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

Judy Jetson

August 6th, 2013
11:54 am

He blew a dog to pieces and no charges will be filed. That is wrong! He should be punished to the fullest extent.


August 6th, 2013
12:05 pm

In the legal society “cruelty to animals” is defned as “a malicious or criminally negligent act that causes an animal to suffer pain or death.” This dog has suffered….DEATH!! Not quite sure who the prosecutor is on this one, but you can borrow my Black’s Law Dictionary if you need some assistance in identifying a clear, obvious, act of cruelty.


August 6th, 2013
12:05 pm

So it’s not cruel to kill an animal as long as you blow him to pieces immediately!


August 6th, 2013
12:09 pm

His Skin color is White so therefore he was provided with a get out of jail free card. Im not surpised


August 6th, 2013
12:14 pm

And so he can tie fireworks around the neck of an animal and that is not “cruelty”… well, it’s animal MURDER!


August 6th, 2013
12:18 pm

I cant see why they dont tie fireworks around his neck and watch them explode is what’s wrong with that?

Buford T. Justice

August 6th, 2013
12:19 pm

O.C.G.A. Sec. 16-12-4(b) states, “A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals when he or she causes death or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering…” So the prosecutor could charge him as it meets the statutory definition. Now, that Mr. Dillingham appears to be mentally ill, may mean the prosecutor feels he cannot get a conviction for this misdemeanor, or if he does, given the defendant’s mental condition, and a statute with very little penalty, it makes more sense to charge him with that which has more teeth and more likely to stick. So you very emotional dog lovers should back up, take a breath and not be so quick to be prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner.


August 6th, 2013
12:22 pm

@ Bob Johnson

Mike Vick did time for Federal racketeering violations, i.e. 18 U.S.C. § 371 Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture so he didnt’ do time just for “dogfighting”


August 6th, 2013
12:26 pm

This man is not disturbed at all…..he had enough sense to seek cover when he detonated the bomb….So what did Mike Vick go to jail for? That’s it…….cruelty to animals!!! Damn Mike, you should have been a resident of Skamania County!!!


August 6th, 2013
12:29 pm

They say Justice is COLORblind, but any blind person can SEE that a jury of your NON-peers can’t feel black pain because nowadays they fear playing the F’ing Race Card.

Too many Foxbots have been poisoned by the Koch Hooch.

Tony Baloney

August 6th, 2013
12:35 pm

This guy is a looney. Everyone knows cats are possessed. It would have taken far less gunpowder to dispatch one too.


August 6th, 2013
12:43 pm

These comments tell me you people didn’t read the article.


August 6th, 2013
12:50 pm

So you can just kill a dog outright and not be charged with a crime?????!!!! The judge is an IDIOT!

Latina Hawley

August 6th, 2013
12:56 pm

This is so sad. I have a dog and I love her. He should be charged. And Mike Vick got how many years for dog fighting? What justice system allows a man to blow up a dog and get no time?


August 6th, 2013
1:02 pm

Dillingham says the dog was possessed by the devil. I say Dillingham is possessed by the devil, and possibly the judge in this case too.


August 6th, 2013
1:04 pm

@ Steve-0…..we all know Mike did more than dog fighting, that’s why he got the time he did. Since his case was a high profile case most people connect with that immediately….thus my comment as well as those made by others regarding Mike. However, wrong is wrong……a dead dog intentially murdered/killed is still a dead dog at the end of the day regardless of whose hand commited the crime. I’m tired of seeing everyone plan, carry out insane acts, and they cry “insanity”. Regardless, the prosecutor should include this charge as well……..don’t act like it didn’t happen.


August 6th, 2013
1:11 pm

How about we attach an explosive device to s-hole and blow him up. That would be fitting justice. Total douchebag!


August 6th, 2013
1:17 pm

WHAT??????!!!!!!!! Well just what is cruelty???

The Law

August 6th, 2013
1:20 pm

Michael Vick was guilty of more than fighting dogs. He financed a multi-state gambling ring. Tax evasion.

He’s lucky he did not get a jury trial. He would not be playing in the NFL today.


August 6th, 2013
1:23 pm

If this nutcase walks, the next time he’ll kill one or more and the next time will probably be humans and not a poor animal. I also agree the local prosecutor should lose his job and the judge as well. They are both prime examples of what is wrong with our judicial system! When they are old and gray and about to enter the “Pearly Gates” I hope they are denied and presented with a one-way ticket to hell!

Anthony Fewell

August 6th, 2013
1:24 pm

Seriously?? And so thats it?? No charges?? Maybe this story is wrong. I am thinking that I am reading this wrong..

LaTonya Barkley

August 6th, 2013
1:41 pm

Steve you are so not correct… When they locked Mike Vick up it was for nothing more than fighting dogs!!!! He was’nt even at the house, but with all that being said this dude BLEW up a dog and is FREE!!!

Kim Hinerman

August 6th, 2013
1:42 pm

AND GET THOSE CHILDREN OUT OF THAT HOME!!!!! The guy is not capable of raising children let alone an animal!


August 6th, 2013
1:45 pm

As a southernter I grew up thinking the north was different. Apparently, that is so. A prosecutor in my county would have animal rights advocates picketing outside the courthouse. What is wrong with the community which allows this barbarity?


August 6th, 2013
1:45 pm


August 6th, 2013
1:48 pm

This happened in Washington state. Do you know it is legal to have sex with animals in Washington state? I kid you not. So in light of that fact, and the legal marijuana use, what is the surprise about the dog firecracker?

Rachael Banister

August 6th, 2013
1:56 pm

The local DA ,this man, and any judge that thinks that is just malicious mischief should be locked up also.Mans inhumanity and the acceptance of it is beyond belief.
This kind of person could also decide to do the same thing to his children.OMG


August 6th, 2013
1:57 pm

It’s time to start imprisoning people just for being generally crazy.


August 6th, 2013
1:59 pm

The lack of reading comprehension demonstrated in the comments borders on a pathetic level. Apparently all the fools that are saying he faces no charges missed the fact that this idiot is charged with ” 2nd degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment, and possession of explosive devices” and faces years in jail for those offenses.

Also, the other ignoramuses that say he didn’t get any jail time, take a civics lesson. He hasn’t been brought to trial yet. You see in our legal system you first have to be charged (which he has), then brought to trial (which he hasn’t) and convicted (or reach a plea deal). Pick up a basic civics book for once and read it.

gadem also known as Benghazi

August 6th, 2013
2:01 pm

So it is OK to blow up dogs now? Cats maybe….but not dogs. I am so confused by the justice system…can we get an investigation into these nitwits?


August 6th, 2013
2:07 pm

Then what exactly is animal cruelty? Let’s attach an explosive to that man’s neck and see if he dies peacefully.


August 6th, 2013
2:09 pm

I have some fireworks, rope…anyone have some time to light this guy up? I’m sure it won’t hurt him, he won’t feel any pain at all.


August 6th, 2013
2:14 pm

Someone should strap something to his neck…and then…


August 6th, 2013
2:17 pm


He should be charged with murder