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Man accused of blowing up dog and is not facing animal cruelty charges

August 6, 2013
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A Stevenson, Wash., man is accused of blowing up his dog and amazingly, he is not facing any animal cruelty charges as a result, reported Monday’s KOMO News.

Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to the home of 45-year-old Christopher Dillingham after 911 calls came in about an explosion of some sort.

Responding deputies found the body of a dog who appeared to have been blown up on Dillingham’s property.

Amazingly, though the dog was killed in a decidedly heinous fashion, the man believed to be responsible is not facing animal cruelty charges because the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office does not feel that the dog suffered because he was killed instantly.

Dillingham was arrested on Sunday morning and taken to the Skamania County Jail.

He is due in court to face his charges of malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices, on Monday afternoon.

Individuals who are concerned over the lack of animal cruelty charges can direct their inquiries to the following:


Dave Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office


Dear Undersheriff Cox,

I am gravely concerned that charges are not being filed against Mr. Christopher Dillingham for blowing up his dog; this decision was based on the lack of pain the dog may not have felt as a victim in such a barbaric crime. I am writing to respectfully remind people that a crime has been committed and that Mr. Dillingham should be charged accordingly. Furthermore, it is impossible for anyone to determine what the dog felt, and we are obligated to conclude that it was certain pain and fear, however brief.

Please allow me to validate my concerns: when I try to imagine what possible motive animal abusers entertain for subjecting their animal victims to such malicious, heinous acts of brutality, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To engage in such malevolent behaviour absolutely suggests sociopathic and sadistic tendencies and demonstrates an incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards animals has, disturbingly enough, the ability to show such indifference towards humans. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse or ignore this dog’s violent killing, we would be serving an injustice to both animals and society: those responsible for such heinous acts against animals will many times escalate towards human animals.

Please respect the victim by penalizing the guilty and demonstrate your commitment to justice, responsibility, and integrity, attributes unquestionably necessary in an law enforcement setting: rejecting cruelty by maintaining an unyielding position towards it would be a model for all community members and would serve to characterize this type of behaviour as both impermissible and punishable.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent appeal.


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by your pretzelogic
would you say
that human victims
of bombers
don’t “feel” the
same way.
all living beings
can feel pain,
not charging
christopher dillingham
with animal cruelty,
is cruelty itself
and insane!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

11 Comments leave one →
  1. lori moak-kean permalink
    August 6, 2013 12:50 pm

    utterly reprehensible. this man needs to be charged with animal cruelty and incarcerated for many years. am appalled that the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t think the dog suffered! seriously?! ;-(


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      August 6, 2013 12:53 pm

      seriously stupid and ignorant this sheriff et al are 😦


    • August 6, 2013 4:51 pm

      I completely agree, thank you, Lori.


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 6, 2013 12:57 pm

    by your pretzelogic
    would you say
    that human victims
    of bombers
    don’t “feel” the
    same way.
    all living beings
    can feel pain,
    not charging
    christopher dillingham
    with animal cruelty,
    is cruelty itself
    and insane!


    • August 6, 2013 4:52 pm

      This is absolutely perfect, thank you so much, hon.


      • karen lyons kalmenson permalink
        August 7, 2013 4:56 am

        you are so welcome, and thank you, Stacey♥

        i sure hope the “gentleman” and his cronies get the drift!


  3. August 7, 2013 12:46 am

    Shocking, but unsurprising. Sadly, predictable. Humanity is morally bankrupt.


  4. August 10, 2013 11:02 am

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul and commented:
    Please take action and send the e-mail!!



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