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Man arrested for blowing up dog

A Skamania County man was arrested for allegedly using explosives to blow up his dog.

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dillinghamSTEVENSON, Wash. (KPTV) — A Washington man accused of killing his dog by strapping a bomb to it pleaded not guilty Thursday to the charges.

Christopher Dillingham was formally arraigned in court Thursday. He is charged with reckless endangerment, fireworks violations, animal cruelty and possession of an explosive or destructive device, with intent to use for unlawful purpose.

Deputies were called to his Stevenson home early on the morning of Aug. 4. When deputies arrived, they said various items were strewn across the lawn, including a couch on its side. They also discovered the remains of a dog.

A probable cause document states that Dillingham told officers he was preparing for “the rapture,” according to court documents, and said “the world is going to end” due to a nuclear strike.

The reason he was throwing his possessions onto the lawn was because he believed “the souls of demons” were in the metal items in his house.

Court documents state he killed his dog because he believed his ex-girlfriend had “put the devil in it.”

Deputies said Dillingham owns a fireworks business and runs a Fourth of July stand in Stevenson. Investigators believe he used black powder from fireworks to make the bomb that killed the dog.

Initially he was not charged with animal cruelty, but prosecutors added that charge after reviewing case law and Washington statutes.

After Dillingham’s not guilty plea Thursday, a trial date was set for Oct. 14. His bail remains $500,000.


STEVENSON, Wash. — A man arrested for allegedly blowing up his dog Sunday morning was charged with possession of a bomb or explosive device and other felonies Tuesday in Skamania County Court.

Christopher Wayne Dillingham faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly using an explosive device to kill his dog and endangering nearby children in the process, the court said.  He was also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, carrying up to 364 days in jail each. Dillingham also faces one count of possession of explosives, one count of reckless endangerment/domestic violence and one count of reckless endangerment.

His bail was set at $500,000.

The Skamania County Prosecutor’s Office is still reviewing the case to determine whether or not animal cruelty charges could be warranted.

“We are reviewing the animal cruelty statues and case law,” Skamania County Prosecutor Adam Kick Said. “And if the law allows, we will file additional charges in relation to the killing of the dog.”

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Man charged for allegedly blowing up his dog

SKAMANIA COUNTY — A 45-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning near Stevenson, Wash., after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found he used an explosive device to blow up his dog.

Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home around 3:45 a.m. after reports of an explosion. Deputies arrived to allegedly find the remains of a dog strewn about Christopher Dillingham’s property and surmised he strapped an explosive device to his dog and blew it up.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Metro Bomb Squad are investigating the incident.

Monday afternoon Dillingham was charged with one count of possession of explosives, one count of reckless endangerment/domestic violence and one count of reckless endangerment.