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Bullet That Killed Salma Hayek's Dog Was 'Fluke'

There won't be charges against neighbor who killed 9-year-old Mozart
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2016 8:41 AM CST

(Newser) – Salma Hayek had hoped cops would track down the person who shot and killed her dog in mid-February at her ranch in Washington state, and they did—but it looks like there won't be any charges. A neighbor of Hayek's has confessed to shooting 9-year-old Mozart with a pellet gun, per TMZ, but police have already closed the case because the neighbor says he shot the pellet gun just to scare Hayek's dogs off his property. He says her dogs are a constant nuisance on his land and that they attack his own dogs.

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An officer with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office tells WJLA that the fatal pellet-gun shot was a "fluke" that normally wouldn't kill a dog. An autopsy showed that the bullet cut into one of Mozart's arteries and that he "slowly bled to death internally," he says, per KIRO 7. (A veteran demanded a military burial for his service dog, who was shot and killed by a cyclist.)

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