Aug 7, 2013
Chris Dillingham of Stevenson, Washington, will very likely face charges of animal cruelty after killing his Labrador Retriever, Cabella, with an explosive device made using black powder from fireworks. Prosecutors had initially said they could not charge Dillingham with animal cruelty because Cabella’s death was “instantaneous” and they could not prove that she had suffered.
As Prosecuting Attorney Adam Kick says to KATU, “after additional research it appears animal cruelty is absolutely applicable.”
Dillingham owns and operates a fireworks stand called Thundershack in the Stevenson area in rural Washington and had put on a fireworks show for neighbors, according to KATU. He made the device that killed Cabella on his home work bench. After attaching it to her neck, Dillingham plied her with treats to prevent her from wriggling out of the bomb.
A neighbor reported a loud explosion around 3:45 am on August 4. The force of the device was such that Cabella was decapitated.