The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said Monday that a neighbor has admitted to shooting actress Salma Hayek's dog with a pellet gun.
Hayek said via Instagram that her dog was found shot to death on her ranch in Washington state.
Hayek said the 9-year-old dog named Mozart was found dead a week ago 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," she said.
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office told KING 5 that a report was made on Feb. 19. Hayek was in Los Angeles.
Ziesemer said caretaker Kelly Littlejohn was riding a horse around Hayek's property with a few dogs. At the end of a road, the dogs took off running towards the sounds of other dogs barking on an adjacent piece of property. Littlejohn later regrouped the dogs and headed back towards her residence. Mozart, a Belgian Malinois dog, ventured off a different path. Littlejohn arrived home and realized Mozart was missing. Kelly returned to the last place she saw Mozart and located him deceased on a trail.
A necropsy determined that the dog was shot by a pellet gun and bled to death.
A deputy contacted the owner of the property that the dogs had run to. He admitted to shooting at one of the dogs but said he was not aware the dog had been struck because it kept running after he fired one shot.
Ziesemer said according to the homeowner, his garage door was open and he was inside the residence when he heard what sounded like a dog fight in his garage. He said he opened the main door and saw the two neighbor's dogs engaged in a fight with his two German Shepherds. He said he grabbed his air rifle from his living room and aimed at the behind of the one that looked like a German Sheppard and both dogs then ran off his property.
Ziesemer said the case will be forwarded to the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office for their review.
Hayek said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last summer that she has a sanctuary and takes in homeless dogs.