Officials: 'Fluke' shot killed actress Hayek's pet dog on ranch near Yelm


    FILE photo: Salma Hayek

    YELM, Wash. -- The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a pet dog owned by actress Salma Hayek.

    Hayek announced on Instagram that she was mourning the death of her pet dog, found shot dead on her ranch near Yelm on February 19.

    "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," the 49-year-old actress wrote.

    According to Lieutenant Cliff Ziesemer with the Sheriff's Office, groundskeeper Jody Littlejohn was on horseback when she took Hayek's two dogs out for run that day. Mozart ran off, which Littlejohn said isn't unusual on a ranch that size.

    It is unclear whether Mozart ran onto someone else's property, but Ziesemer believes the dog may have, and was shot with a pellet gun by the property owner.

    A .177 caliber bullet nicked an artery, and as Mozart ran back onto Hayek's property, the dog collapsed and died. He was found by Littlejohn who went to look for him.

    Ziesemer called the fatal shot "a fluke" that wouldn't have normally killed a dog. He believes whomever fired the pellet gun was most likely just trying to scare Mozart away.

    Hayek was in Los Angeles at the time of the shooting, but Mozart lived on the ranch full time, Ziesemer said.

    Investigators are going back Sunday in hopes of finding the shooter.

    The Sheriff's Office doesn't expect to file any charges, but the investigation is still on-going.

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