Salma Hayek’s dog accidentally shot dead by neighbor, authorities rule the shooting justified

Picture​A man who lived next to Salma Hayek’s ranch in Washington state shot the actress’ dog with an air rifle. He told investigators that he shot Hayek’s dog, Mozart, because it was in his garage and fighting with his own dogs. Deputies began investigating on February 19th after a caretaker found the dog dead on Hayek’s ranch. On Monday, investigators said they still found the shooting to be justified.
​ ​The neighbor told the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office he didn’t know if he had hit Hayek’s dog or that it had soon died. His wife, Kim Lund, told The Associated Press that they did not know the dog belonged to the famous actress.

Lund said she and her husband were inside their home watching TV when they heard a disturbance in the garage.

Lund, who has five dogs of her own, said she was heartbroken from the death of the actress’ dog. 
“My heart is broken. I’m really sorry that the dog died,” she said.

“I’m still coming to terms with all of this, as you can imagine. We didn’t even know we killed a dog. To find out we killed a dog that belonged to a high profile person, I’m in shock,” Lund said.

The caretaker told the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office that she had went horseback riding with a few dogs and at the end of the road, the dogs took off toward the sound of other dogs barking at an adjacent property. Eventually, the caretaker realized that one of the dogs had not returned and later found Mozart dead on the Hayek’s property.

A local veterinarian had determined that the lead pellet nicked an artery, causing Mozart to internally bleed out. Hayek posted a photo to Instagram on Friday, mourning the death of Mozart, her Belgian Malinois dog.

I haven’t posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother’s womb. He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart. I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone. He loved his territory and never strayed away…he was the most loving and loyal companion. He didn’t deserve a slow and painful death. #doglover #animalrights #dog #dogoftheday #rip #delivery #washingtonstateauthorities Hace una semana que no pongo nada ya que he estado de duelo por la muerte de mi perro Mozart. De quién fui la partera, lo encontramos el viernes pasado con un tiro cerca del corazón. Espero que las autoridades del estado de Washington le hagan justicia a este extraordinario perro que durante 9 años nunca mordió o atacó a nadie, adoraba su territorio y nunca se escapó. Era el compañero más leal y no se merecía una muerte lenta y dolorosa. #muerte #perro #justiciaporlosanimales

A photo posted by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek) on Feb 26, 2016 at 1:02pm PST

Hayek’s post says,
“I haven’t posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother’s womb. He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart. I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone. He loved his territory and never strayed away…he was the most loving and loyal companion. He didn’t deserve a slow and painful death. #doglover #animalrights #dog #dogoftheday #rip #delivery #washingtonstateauthorities”

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