- Salma Hayek took to Instagram to seek justice for her dog
- "He didn't deserve a slow and painful death," the star posted
After Mozart separated from a group of dogs accompanying Hayek's property caretaker, Kelly Littlejohn, he was found by a man Thurston County, Washington, police identified only as Mr. Lund.
Lund told authorities he heard what sounded like a dogfight in his garage and shot at one of them with his pellet gun. As Mozart ran off, Lund didn't realize he had been struck.
A necropsy "determined that a .177 cal. lead pellet was found to have traveled between two ribs and then nicked a pulmonary artery causing Mozart to internally bleed out," according to the police press release.
The Mexican-American actress took to Instagram on Friday to memorialize her dog of nine years and plead for justice in his death.
"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," she posted. "He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart."
"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."
Hayek is passionate about animals and her ranch serves as a mini animal sanctuary. The 49-year-old star has several rescue dogs, a guinea pig, chickens. alpacas and numerous other animals.