Every once in awhile you come across a headline that seems too shocking – and too horrific – to be real. This is one of those times.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a dog for taking his golf ball. Puerto Rico police posted on Facebook a statement with a photo of 60-year-old Salil Zaveri being handcuffed at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar resort on Saturday.

According to reports, the incident occurred on the 17th hole after a dog stole Zaveri’s golf ball. Zaveri fired several gunshots at the dog with a 9-mm pistol.

“Thank you to MY police officers, who today were the voice of justice of a puppy, whom an unscrupulous, killed viciously, for no reason and in a clear disregard for life,” police commissioner Antonio Lopez Figueroa said in a statement.

Zaveri, the CEO of Zaveri Consulting, was released on a $US60,000 bond, but his passport and drivers licence have been seized, according to the Associated Press.

Zaveri told the Daily News he shot the dog in self defence. He claims the golf ball taken was his friend’s, and that the dog was chasing after him and trying to get into his golf cart.

“I took the first shot when the dog was less than 10 feet away and the dog rolled over but may have died slowly so I got out of the cart and took two more shots out of mercy,” Zaveri said.

Zaveri is expected to appear in court May 19.

FEATURED IMAGE: Photo via Puerto Rico Police Facebook page.