Salil Zaveri: Man Accused of Killing Dog in Puerto Rico


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Salil Zaveri is an investor based in Puerto Rico who was arrested for allegedly shooting a dog on a golf course, according to the Puerto Rico Police Department.

Police alleged in a statement that Zaveri shot the dog twice when it ran onto the golf course and grabbed a golf ball. Zaveri then hit the golf ball to the next hole and shot the dog a third time, officials wrote in the statement. David Begnaud, a CBS News correspondent, broke the story on Twitter.

A witness captured photo and video of the arrest as police questioned Zaveri on the golf course. Zaveri claimed the dog was trying to attack him.

Here’s what you need to know:


Zaveri Allegedly Shot the Dog 3 Times Using a 9-MM Glock When the Dog Grabbed a Golf Ball

A statement from the police department says Zaveri shot a dog at the the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021. He was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call. Preliminary investigations indicated Zaveri shot the dog with a 9-mm Glock, the statement said.

“BREAKING: This is the man arrested by Puerto Rico police accused of shooting a dog on a golf course in Puerto Rico. Police say the dog ran onto the course & grabbed a golf ball. The man allegedly shot the dog twice, then hit the ball to the next hole & then shot the dog again,” Begnaud wrote on Twitter.

Begnaud said Zaveri was scheduled to appear in court the morning of Sunday, May 9, 2021.


Zaveri Is an Investor Who Moved to Puerto Rico to Live & Work Under Act 22

Begnaud identified Zaveri as “an Act 22er.” Act 22 was an initiative from Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce offering tax incentives to draw capital to the commonwealth.

“The suspect has been identified, by an eyewitness, as Salil Zaveri. He’s an Act 22er who lives and works in Puerto Rico. He’s due to appear in court this morning,” he wrote on Twitter.

Officials also identified Zaveri in their statement.

Act 22, also known as the “Individual Investors Act,” was enacted in 2012 offering tax benefits to investors who become residents of Puerto Rico and apply for a tax exemption.

“The Act may have profound implications for the continued economic recovery of Puerto Rico,” the DCED wrote. “The Act provides tax exemptions to eligible individuals residing in Puerto Rico. To avail from such benefits, an individual needs to become a resident of Puerto Rico and apply for a tax exemption decree.”

Act 20/22 “shields new residents residing in Puerto Rico for at least half of the year from paying most federal income taxes.”