STEVENSON, Wash. -- The Stevenson man accused of blowing up his dog was arraigned on several charges in court Thursday and could spend 20 years in prison if convicted.
Christopher Dillingham pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment, animal cruelty and felony possession of a bomb or explosive device. He also faces a misdemeanor fireworks charge.
According to court documents obtained by KGW, investigators believe Dillingham attached a fireworks bomb to the collar of his ex-girlfriend's dog and set it off with a blast that alarmed neighbors.
Skamania County's prosecuting attorney said he's never dealt with a case like this before and his biggest concern was the danger Dillingham would pose to the community if released on bail.
"We do have additional concerns about the statements he made that day that give us pause as to whether there is a mental health issue at stake here," said prosecuting attorney Adam Kick.
Dillingham later admitted that he killed the dog and said it was because his ex-girlfriend had "put the devil in it." He also said he was preparing for the rapture.
Bail was set at $500,000 and Dillingham's next court appearance was set for August 29.
Background: Man says he blew up dog to 'prepare for rapture'