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Man Accused of Blowing Up Dog Not Charged with Animal Cruelty

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STEVENSON, Wash.) -- A man accused of blowing up his daughter’s dog because he was mad at her is being held on $500,000 bail, but not for harming the pet pooch.

“In the animal cruelty statute in the state of Washington it talks about animal suffering,” Undersherriff Dave Cox told ABC News. Since the dog died instantaneously and didn’t suffer before it died, “the prosecutor was concerned about that verbiage,” Cox said.

Christopher Dillingham, 45, of Stevenson, Wash., allegedly killed the yellow lab named Cabala on Sunday after a dispute with his daughter, who was given the pet by an acquaintance just six months prior.

“We’re taking this very seriously because it is clearly a violation of state law.  It’s a pretty laid back bunch of folks here who own a lot of animals, so it was fairly disturbing to have this happen,” said Cox.

Dillingham was originally arrested on animal cruelty charges, but those charges were dropped.

He is now being charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of possession of an explosive device.  If convicted of these charges, he could face up to 22 years in jail.

“We are reviewing the animal cruelty statutes and case law, and if the law allows we will file additional charges in relation to the killing of the dog,” said Adam Kick, the Skamania County prosecutor.

Dillingham owns and operates a firework stand called “Thundershack” in the Stevenson area and puts on fireworks shows for neighbors.

The suspect remains in jail and could not be reached for comment.

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