Man accused of blowing up dog facing animal cruelty charges

      STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - The Skamania County prosecutor says the county will be adding animal cruelty charges to the case against a Stevenson man accused of blowing up his dog.

      The prosecutor previously charged Christopher Wayne Dillingham with possession of a bomb or explosive device with intent to use for an unlawful purpose, which is a felony.

      If convicted, the 45-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison. He's also charged with reckless endangerment.

      Dillingham appeared in court Monday in Stevenson and was ordered held on $500,000 bail. The new charges will be filed at Dillingham's next court appearance.

      In court papers, investigators said Dillingham attached a fireworks bomb to the dog's collar early Sunday and set it off with a blast that alarmed neighbors.

      Dillingham said he killed the dog because an ex-girlfriend had "put the devil in it." He also said he was preparing for the rapture.

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