Stevenson, OR — An Oregon man is facing several charges after blowing up the family dog, but not animal cruelty. Joel Iwanaga tells us us about the irrational thinking that led to the brutal death of the family pet.
As a puppy, this yellow lab, named Cabella, was as playful as any Samuel Mills had ever seen.
As a healthy 3 year-old, Cabella enjoyed hunting, fetching birds and other game, she also loved boat rides.
Mills originally owned Cabella, but had to give her up to his cousin and niece because his new residence does not allow dogs.
Samuel Mills, "She had so much energy she just loved to go out runnin' and huntin', I mean, you'd take her with ya and she'd walk right alongside ya."
Christopher Dillingham, the ex-boyfriend of Mill's cousin, appeared before a Skamankia County Judge on Monday.
Dillingham is accused of strapping explosives to the dog's neck and setting them off instantly killing the family pet in the loud explosion.
Sheriff Dave Brown, Skamania County, "It woke me up at 3:30 in the morning."
Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown actually lives near Dillingham and says the suspect is known around town as a fireworks expert.
Court records show Dillingham used black powder from fireworks to make the explosives, that killed the dog.
Sheriff Dave Brown, Skamania County, "He's always had a fireworks show the fifth of July at his residence, brings a lot of people in and watch and an enjoy. I've been able to sit on my front porch and watch most of that for the last several years."
Samuel Mills, "He deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life for what he did to that dog. My stomach is still turning, I can't stop crying, my eyes are just so full of water. My heart really hurts for that dog."
Deputies found the dog's remains on Dillingham's Stevenson property.
He told deputies he was preparing from nuclear war, rapture and the dog was possessed by the devil.
Dillingham is charged with possessing explosives and reckless endangerment, but not animal cruelty, because the DA argues the animal technically did not suffer , it died instantly.