It has been reported that the people golfing with Zaveri were shocked by his actions, and the killer himself seemed to be nonchalant about what happened. Gabriel Redondo Miranda, prosecutor in the case, said, "He got in the cart and kept playing."
Col. Antonio López Figueroa, the designated commissioner of negotiations of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau Tweeted (translated):
"Thanks to my policemen, who today was the voice of justice of a little dog, that an unscrupulous one, vilely killed, without any reason and in a clear disregard for life."
The prosecutor shared specific information about what led up to the fatal shooting:
“the information I have is that in that place there are some small dogs, about two feet high, that the people from the golf club have let loose because they hunt the iguanas that are in the area and pass by. What they tell us is that they were barking and that at one point, it seems that the ball ran a little and the puppy went and caught it. He was walking with a gun on his ankle. He pulled it out, went and shot him twice. That was at the 17th hole. He was arrested at the 18th hole."
Salil A. Zaveri, faces one charge for the Animal Abuse Law and two charges for violation of the Puerto Rico Arms Law. According to ENDI, Zaveri could face between 8 and 15 years in prison for the aggravated mistreatment of animals charge. The other two charges are for violation of the Puerto Rico Gun Law. One of them, for the charge of shooting in a public place, could result in a maximum of 20 years in prison, and for pointing and shooting, a consecutive prison sentence of one to 10 years without the right to probation.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 19.
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San Juan Daily Star
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Update May 16, 2021: Animal Victory sent 16,429 signatures and comments to Prosecutor Redondo: PETITION LETTER HERE