A Quadra Island man accused of shooting a sick boy’s puppy in the face with a shotgun two years ago is expected to be tried tomorrow.
Cody Wellard allegedly shot Max Rose’s Jack Russell terrier Seymour, who was given to Max as a gift to celebrate the end of three years of cancer treatment.
Nick Rose, Max’s father, said his son is still traumatized from the incident and the family would have been able to move on if Wellard had pleaded guilty at the time.
“It’s been ridiculous,” Rose said. “He should accept responsibility for what he did and here he’s put all our family and his family through all this.
“In a child’s life, two years is a long time. Max is still mad, still angry, still wants to see justice. We were all deeply affected by it.”
Rose said he hopes Wellard will at least be prohibited from owning firearms.
“I would like to see some justice, but I’m not holding my breath,” he said.
Rose said Max — who was given a new puppy shortly after Seymour was shot — still has ongoing health issues.
“It’s never going to be over for him. The biggest damage was the emotional damage,” Rose said. “It’s hard to express just how sick this was.”
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