Sheriff: Wash. man blew up dog with explosives

STEVENSON, Wash. -- Here's a sentence that will ruin your Monday: A 45-year-old Stevenson resident was arrested Sunday for reportedly strapping an explosive device to his dog and blowing it up.

According to the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the property of Christopher Dillingham in the small town on the Washington/Oregon border when an explosion was heard around 3:45 a.m.

Deputies found the remains of Dillingham's dog on his property, as well as other evidence of an explosive, and arrested Dillingham.

He was booked into Skamania County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices. He will appear in court Monday afternoon.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said Dillingham was not arrested for investigation of animal cruelty because the dog's death was instantaneous and it therefore did not suffer.

The Sheriff's Office would not comment on Dillingham's motive for blowing up his dog because it is part of the active investigation.