Yelm man says he shot Salma Hayek’s dog after he found it fighting with his own dogs in his garage

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YELM – A Yelm man told Thurston County sheriff’s deputies he shot actress Salma Hayek’s dog because it was fighting his own dogs in his garage.

Hayak, whose ranch serves as a mini animal sanctuary, posted on Instagram last week that her dog Mozart “didn’t deserve a slow and painful 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. 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

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In a press release Monday, deputies said they got a call from a caretaker on the ranch, Kelly Littlejohn, reporting the dog’s death.

Littlejohn said she’d taken Mozart, a Belgian Malinois, and a few other dogs along on a horseback ride on Feb. 19, and that when she got back she realized he was missing.  She rode back out and found Mozart dead on the trail.

A local vet conducted a necropsy, and found that a pellet had nicked an artery, causing the dog to bleed out.

After there was an uproar from Hayak’s Instagram post, deputies talked to a neighbor who said he’d shot the dog in the rear end with a pellet gun after he found it and another dog fighting with his German Sheppards in his garage.

He said he hadn’t realized the dog died, because it ran away after he shot it.

Deputies said the case will be forwarded to the Thurston County prosecutor’s office for review.