Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Man Who Blew Up Dog

The deranged man said that he killed Cabela because his ex-girlfriend, who had given him the dog, “put the devil in it.”

8.7.13 - Blown-Up Dog3As 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 homemade explosive device to her collar.

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.

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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.

Christopher Dillingham
Christopher Dillingham

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.

 

 

 

 

8/8/13 – UPDATE: After receiving hundreds of complaints from outraged citizens across the country, county officials have reversed their decision to not press charges against Dillingham for animal cruelty. The power of the people has been effective, and he is now being charged with animal cruelty in addition to other charges. He is still being held on $500,000 bail.

Impassioned people created Facebook pages to help see that Dillingham would be charged with animal cruelty – Justice for Cabela and Justice for Cabela the Labrador.

 

 

43 thoughts on “Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Man Who Blew Up Dog

  1. that’s the biggest bunch of BS I have ever heard. Shame on you Skamania County Prosecutor…this man is clearly a danger to animals and humans. How’s about he moves into your neighborhood…I’m sure you would do something about him then. Don’t unleash this POS on society!!! SHAME SHAME!!

  2. I hope this piece of crap gets taken out by people who agree their laws and politicians suck big time, and I hope someone puts explosives around his neck and blows his ass to hell! And what kind of girlfriend woman gives a sociopath an animal to begin with?? She definitely deserves her fair share of blame! May she also join him in hell!

  3. All they need to do is to get this loser into jail, even for a short time, and then let the prisoners take care of him. He would wish to be so lucky for a quick death, but I hope the prisoners make it long and slow.

  4. how dare him get off these charges this is outrages he needs to get the same sentance if u were a child molester sex offender or murderer in this case he is he needs to face his justice get life with no parole bastard

  5. With all the recent gun violence and discussions on gun control, why is a crazy man, allowed access to fire works, gun power and for God sake, the ability to make his own IED? HELLO PEOPLE? Anyone paying attention here???? This nut case needs to be locked up in a loony bin and preferably, humanely put to sleep. If he thinks devils are in dogs and furniture, someone should convince him the devil has really been put in him and give him the gun power necessary to make a bomb he can wear around his own neck and let him set it off.

  6. Something is missing here. Who determined that the law didn’t apply? The prosecutor? If it didn’t apply they would not have filed in the first instance. The first section covers injury, which would include death. Additionally, the second part of the statute would apply even with immediate death. And, who knows that the dog died immediately unless the explosion decapitated him? Was someone standing there? The biggest problem would be proving that a “deranged” person could form the necessary intent to commit a crime, although the fact that he protected himself when he killed the dog would certainly be evidence that he had an understanding of what he was doing. As I said, something is missing.

  7. He is a piece of shit. It is good I don’t live near him. If you can’t charge him then your town has a big problem.

  8. This is absolutly a sin that he got away with this I would like 2 miniutes with this scum of the earth and he would know how it felt to get the same treatment he did to that poor defencelss animal. These cruel people get away with this crap to often they should get the same treatment that they committed on the animals they have abused and murdered.

  9. Where does this piece of shit live??? I don’t care how far I have to drive I will find him and shove a bomb up his ass and the judges!!! If he dies instantly it’s not considered cruelty to a human so I won’t get arrested! I FN hate humanity!!!!! Totally lost faith along time ago!!!!!!!!

  10. There were also KIDS in the house when he did this. I hope they add child endangerment and get those kids away from him. I cannot even imagine what they witnessed and heard. POS!

  11. At times it is necessary to take the law into the hands of the people. I hope some dog lovers that live near him will, at a minimum break every bones in his body.

  12. I was told because of the outrage he WILL face charges – KEEP THE PRESSURE ON for these IDIOTS to do the right thing And if they ARE too stupid to care about animals, this POS IS a danger to humans.

  13. since he is crazy put him in the mental institution and take his business away he can blow up a kid!!!!.

  14. wow.. although it is horrible I am shocked at the vitriol pointed toward this man.. people here have threatened to kill him and worse.. people say that the killing of this dog is exactly like and equal to killing a child.. and even the author says the dog was “murdered”..
    . Animals cannot be murdered.. murder is a crime of one human against another..calling this heinous act murder belittles the victims of murder.. and their loved ones..
    while i agree that he should be charged it is not up to “mob justice” or any petition to do this.. the justice system needs to work according to the law..it would be a shame if his lawyer argued “mob justice: to the courts and he was allowed to go free.

  15. I live in this town (Stevenson, Washington), my kids go to school with his kids. Although he is no friend of mine (I do know him from around town; this town is very small), this man had a serious mental break with reality. The police have stated there were no drugs or alcohol involved. I agree this is a terrible, disgusting, horrific thing to have done. He was charged with animal cruelty, it has been listed under his charges since the day he was arrested (Sunday). http://skamaniasheriff.com/corrections/daily-population/ . Some news source stated “And he wasn’t even charged with animal cruelty” and the rest of the news media ran with it. He needs professional help, not vigilante justice. And yes I am a dog/cat/horse/cow/sheep/guinea pig lover til the day I die. I find it just as abhorrent as the rest of you, but the hate e-mails and phone calls to the Sheriff’s, prosecutor’s and mayor’s(!) office are a bit over the top. This is a very small town and everyone knows this guy (and his kids, who are teenagers and able to read all this vitriol that has gone viral nationwide about their father, in addition to dealing with the onset of a profound mental illness). He isn’t “getting away with it”, he is sitting in jail and not in a psyche ward, which is where he should be.

  16. I cannot believe this crap! What the hell is wrong with people. If he could do this to and innocent animal what comes next????? ……He needs a stick of TNT up his sorry ass!

  17. The explosives and weapons charges ought to be enough to put him away for a long time. I think it would be sufficient for the killing of the dog to be considered an aggravating circumstance, lengthening his stay in the prison system for several years.

  18. the laws have to change, now, is just to many sick bastards ,cowerd how have no sense of decency sick mind individuals is despicable heinous act human race are mostly a disgrace, look what he did to is people in syria and all the animals died the same way,no one think about them.hang those monsters,,,our society don,t need them looser, karma DO YOUR JOB!

  19. He HAS been charged with animal abuse. He was charged from the beginning. The prosecutors just needed to make sure that the laws in the area were worded so that there were no loopholes. It is commonplace that when someone is arrested, that charges are added at a later time. That gives time to the prosecutors office to get as much information as they can from the detectives, police department, and/or investigators so that they can add charges that will stick and he won’t get off on a technicality. Vigilante justice does not make things any better, it just brings those folks down to the same level that he was at. He is mentally ill. He is also in jail. If you know anything about the legal system, you would know that when someone is arrested, there is an initial charge with charges pending. They don’t have every single charge against them the very first time they step into court. If that was the case, there would be a lot of people on the streets that had committed crimes out due to a loophole or technicality.

  20. He was been charged with animal abuse. He was charged from the beginning. The prosecutors just needed to make sure that the laws in the area were worded so that there were no loopholes. It is commonplace that when someone is arrested, that charges are added at a later time. That gives time to the prosecutors office to get as much information as they can from the detectives, police department, and/or investigators so that they can add charges that will stick and he won’t get off on a technicality. Vigilante justice does not make things any better, it just brings those folks down to the same level that he was at. He is mentally ill. He is also in jail. If you know anything about the legal system, you would know that when someone is arrested, there is an initial charge with charges pending. They don’t have every single charge against them the very first time they step into court. If that was the case, there would be a lot of people on the streets that had committed crimes out due to a loophole or technicality.

  21. Round up the sicko’s and send them to one of these third world countries and have them work on the terrorists!

  22. Put him away or blow him up! Sorry if you know or care for this person who is “sick” but this example of inhumane behavior is unacceptable and needs punishment, use this man as an example to pass laws that require justice for animals and give him maximum sentences and multiple violations, he killed a member of the family, its that simple!!! Pets=Love

  23. When people value the life of a human being over the life of a dog; they are the sick one. The dog died instantly; no more crueler than being put to sleep by a vet, or being gased in a dog shelter; but a lot more mess to clean up. I love dogs but not to the point of cussing a person who killed his pet instantly rather than taking it to the vet or dropping it off alongside a interstate to be run over. The Interstate and Road pet droppers are the people that should be prosecuted in a court of law.

  24. oops! Screwed up the first sentence in previous message, should have read: When People value the life of a DOD over the life of a human!

  25. I agree that anyone who drops an animal in a park or side of a road is just as cruel as a man blowing up an animal in his lawn, and the value of that act itself is no less inhumane as instant death, a man who doesn’t value the life of his pet, or any pet for that matter
    , deceives the creator of life himself, let’s not just read a bible, let’s practice a higher humane way of being, for the love of all those whom he created. Pets=Love.

  26. How can lawyers get from that law that this man is not guilty. It says, “or…death,” not cruelty causing death, but DEATH! He caused this dogs death, therefore he is guilty of abuse. OMG! What is our legal system coming to? Did these people actually go to college? If they did, then why can’t they understand this law?

  27. Don’t do laws and rules when it comes to animal cruelty, just terminate anyone who is cruel to animals, especially dogs. So DO NOT sleep at night, stop looking over you’re shoulder, trust anyone, because Christopher Dillingham you are on my list.
    DO inform you’re family and friends that you will be leaving them and will be missing indefinitely.

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  29. This is PATHETIC!! HE SHOULD BE STRAPPED TO AN EXPLOSIVE,CHOKED AND BURIED UNDER THE SOIL BEFORE HE DIES!!!

  30. This man does not deserve to have ANY leniency given to him AT ALL! Yes, maybe the dog did die instantly, but that’s still no excuse for what he did. And for him to try and use “insanity” (the dog was possessed) is ludicrous!

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