Suspect in puppy shooting turns himself in
Updated Tue. Sep. 16 2008 6:54 PM ET
Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.ca
The man suspected of shooting and killing a four-month-old Jack Russell puppy on B.C.'s Quadra Island has turned himself in to police.
Cody Wellard, 31, turned himself into the Westshore detachment Monday.
Wellard is accused of shooting the puppy, Seymour, just metres away from its home on Quadra Island Saturday morning. Owner Nick Rose was outside doing chores with his three young sons doing chores at the time.
Rose said the puppy bounded out of the yard to meet two hunters walking down the road, one of whom he was familiar with.
That's when the puppy was shot in the head.
"I ran to the end of our driveway and looked around the corner and there was our little puppy, quivering in his death-throes at the side of the road," Rose told CTV News.
The dog was a gift to son Max to mark the end of his three-year cancer treatment.
Wellard told police the shooting was an accident but did not provide any further details. He was released on a promise to appear in Campbell River court on October 13. Police are seeking charges for careless use of a firearm and endangering an animal.
Quadra Island police are still looking for one other man in connection with the dog's death.
The Rose family says the killing has been a traumatizing experience for their three sons, especially after Max's battle with cancer.
"My kids were happy and laughing like they haven't been in years," said Rose. "My son in particular since before he was diagnosed with cancer I hadn't heard those kind of giggles and that kind of laughter out of him."
I'm...stunned. And so upset. The poor puppy, that's such a horrid way to die. And the poor kid! I can't imagine what that poor kid is going through.