Man blows up family dog because it had the devil inside it.

Here’s a weird story.

A father with children in the house who was preparing for “the Rapture”blew up his family’s Labrador Retriever because the devil was inside the dog, court documents showed.

Christopher Dillingham, 45, allegedly attached an explosive device to his dog and detonated it around 4 a.m. Sunday outside their home.

This isn’t what depresses me.  What depresses me is that there will be countless people who really believe a guy rose from the dead and walked on water who will think a guy saying the devil’s in a dog must be nuts.

Because a person rising from the dead is waaaaaaaaaaaay more plausible.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    Even if you believed in all that silly shit, why would you use an explosive device to kill the dog? And why would you do it at 4 am?

    • Ace_of_Sevens

      Yeah. This would just spread the devil around your yard.

      • Zinc Avenger

        I wonder if “iron chariot” is a mistranslation of “dog”?

  • Loqi

    How does one find out that one’s dog is posessed by the devil? It speaks with strange barking noises instead of speaking plain english? It chases its own tail for no discernable reason? It tries to hump almost anything that moves?

    Or perhaps its that the man in question, like so many other people, thinks god talks to him. It’s just that god tells different people different things, and what he tells them inexplicably always agrees with them. Mysterious indeed…

  • RowanVT

    I used to like people in general before I became a vet tech. It makes me a little sad inside that my response to this is “Yup, people are still assholes”.

  • Compuholic

    So let me get this straight. He somehow noticed that the devil was inside his dog (how does something like that look like?) and decided that he needed to kill it (because his god somehow has trouble to deal with the devil but the devil is going to be really impressed by his actions). He figured the best way to kill it would be to blow it up. And as it happens some spare explosives are sitting around his house.

    Yeah that sounds totally believable.

    • wombat

      You missed the bit where he thought that 4am was obviously the ideal time to do it. Not that that changes the degree of bizarreness involved.

      • LouisDoench

        Well, if he was right, then there’s no sense in postponing blowing up the devil til after you’ve had coffee.

  • ZenDruid

    Labs are pretty smart. I bet the dog was laughing at him whenever he opened his mouth to talk about the Lard.

  • Bruce Martin

    While this story sounds psychopathic (and it probably is), what is the standard of behavior that is expected of rapture-ready people? After all, didn’t Jesus drive a herd of pigs off a cliff to their deaths, for the same reason?

    And by the way, this was supposedly a miracle in another sense, in that there were no such cliffs for miles around there.

    • wombat

      Apparently the last time a rapture prediction came around, some people killed their pets so they wouldn’t starve to death after their owners were caught up into heaven. So doing crappy things to animals is apparently not all that out-there for the rapture-ready.

      • JusticeGustin

        They should have contacted Eternal Earth-Bound Pets.

        Just think of all the animals that were said to have been sacrificed and brutally slaughtered in the bible and in real life for religious rituals throughout history, yet I can’t think of a single case where an animal has died due to a lack of religion.

        I wonder what the PETA folks think about Leviticus?

        • wombat

          I heard it argued by one completely batty individual that the world was going to get so bad that the pets would suffer horribly in the tribulation times, and it was better if they were just put down. No argument on earth would have got through to that one. But the Earth-Bound Pet idea is a great one.

          • JusticeGustin

            Wished I would have thought of it first. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit to have some of their money directed towards me instead of their church.

            According to THIS, I may be able to cash-in on the next couple of raptures.

          • wombat

            Excellent! It could be a neat little money spinner. Work out how to run it with minimal overheads, and it’s almost pure profit.

        • EvolutionKills

          Eternal Earth-Bound Pets

          Mind = Blown

    • Sheryl Westleigh

      Psychopaths are rarely true believer types (more often they are the ones who fleece the true believers). Not sure the right descriptor for this but psychopathic isn’t it.

  • EvolutionKills

    This is one of the prime examples of why we need to fight this nonsense. Attaching explosives to the family pet and killing it seems insane in practically any context, but can be seemingly justified with religion. When you buy into an invisible magic man in the sky, his evil counterpart, and a whole slew of other unverifiable extraordinary claims; it irreparably destroys your ability to gauge credibility. Then killing the family pet with explosives seems like a necessary action to protect your family, instead of the raving harmful delusion that it is.

    Beliefs control our actions. He had an incorrect belief about the nature of reality, and an innocent animal paid the price with it’s life.

    Fuck him…

  • randomfactor

    On the plus side, the devil surely didn’t survive the blast, so now we
    can call off that whole “end of the world” thing and disband all the
    world’s churches, which no longer have anything to fight against.