The family of the 12-year-old boy say he was devastated after a hunter allegedly shot the puppy to death for no apparent reason.
Chris Rose, the boy's grandfather, said Monday his grandson, Max Rose, has been through many ordeals in his young life, but to see the boy suffering the loss of his 12-week-old puppy, Seymour, was heartbreaking.
"Naturally, the whole family is just absolutely upset. Tears and crying, on the street. It was just awful," the grandfather said.
"Particularly my grandson, who I should add four years ago had brain surgery for cancer. He is recovering quite well, but it took a long time, and he has emotional problems."
RCMP at remote Quadra Island, B.C., located about 265 kilometres northwest of Victoria, said they were investigating the shooting.
They believe one of two hunters who may have been involved in the incident on the weekend fled Quadra Island for the Victoria area.
"This dog was really my grandson's dog," Rose said. "It just was horrible."
Cpl. Craig Peterson said the Mounties were weighing firearms offences against at least one of the two hunters.
He said one of the hunters led police to believe he will turn himself in, but if that doesn't happen a warrant for his arrest will be issued. Police declined to identify the man.
Nick Rose, who could not be reached for further comment Monday, said earlier he was in his yard cutting firewood with his son Saturday morning when two men who had apparently been hunting went by.
The dog ran toward the men as they walked down the road and he heard a shot as the hunters rounded the corner, he said.
"The dog just sort of barked and ran with them (the hunters). Small little thing," said the grandfather.
He said the men were just out of sight when the father heard a gunshot.
"My son runs out, sees the dog quivering out there," Rose said.
"When he saw he saw these two guys standing over the dog, and they saw my son, they ran across the street and into the bush."
Rose, 78, said his son, Nick, found the dying puppy outside of the family property.
Rose said his son's family - including their 14-year-old daughter and Max - was extremely emotional after the shooting.
About 2,700 people live on Quadra Island, located a 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River, on Vancouver Island's east coast.
Rose said he's lived on Quadra Island for 10 years, but is starting to feel uncomfortable, especially after the puppy shooting.
"Quite frankly, I have been giving it very serious consideration to move off of the island," said Rose. "It just so happens we have a few, more-than-rotten apples here."