A Washington State man is facing jail time and a slew of criminal charges after tying an explosive to the family dog’s neck and igniting it, killing the defenseless animal.
Christopher W. Dillingham, 45, was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of an explosive device. One charge glaringly missing from the list – animal cruelty.
Police were dispatched to the Dillingham home around 4am on Sunday, after several neighbors reported hearing what sounded like an explosion or a high-powered rifle being fired. When they arrived, police found the Labrador Retriever, named Cabela, dead, her body parts strewn across the yard.
So, why no animal cruelty charges?
Undersheriff Dave Cox told KATU News that Dillingham wasn’t charged with animal cruelty because the “death [to Cabela] was instantaneous.”
The disregard for Cabela’s life is both shocking and infuriating. While Dillingham sits in jail, his bond set at $500,000, an entire community is mourning the tragic, senseless killing of a beautiful life, for which no one will be charged.
This case exemplifies both the need for stricter animal cruelty laws in Washington State, and the need to remove animals from the “gray area” of the law, where they sit squarely between being just a person’s personal property and a living, breathing, feeling being.
Rest in peace, Cabela.