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.“