Sheriff Concludes Neighbor Was Justified in Killing Salma Hayek's Dog

Salma Hayek's Dog Dies: Sheriff Says Neighbor Was Justified Killing Pet
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updated 03/01/2016 AT 04:20 PM EST

originally published 02/29/2016 AT 08:45 PM EST

A neighbor of Salma Hayek has admitted to the shooting death of her beloved nine-year-old dog Mozart, police say.

The neighbor told a deputy with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington State Sunday that he was inside his home when he heard "what sounded like a dog fight" between his his two German Shepherds and Hayek's two dogs in his garage.

"Mr. Lund grabbed his air rifle from his living room and aimed at the behind of the one that looked like a German Shepherd and both dogs then ran off his property," according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

"Mr. Lund was not aware that the dog had actually been struck because the dog kept running after he fired the one shot," the statement read.

Meanwhile, Lt. Cliff Ziesemer tells PEOPLE: "The sheriff determined that there was no crime that occurred and he was justified in what he did. The case is closed. There is no more investigation."

Ziesemer said the neighbor shot toward one of the dogs but "he didn’t know if he hit it or not and the dog just kept running.”

"He was very surprised and upset," said Ziesemer about the owner. "He had no intention to kill the dog."

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office ruled the shooting justified but will send the case to prosecutors for review, said Ziesemer.

A necropsy later concluded that the .177 caliber lead pellet that struck Mozart travelled between two ribs and then nicked his artery causing internal bleeding.

Hayek's caretaker Kelly Littlejohn found Mozart, and reported his death to the police on February 19. Littlejohn told a deputy that earlier that day she went for a horseback ride along with a few of Hayek's dogs. At the end of a road, the dogs ran off towards the sound of other dogs barking on a neighbor's property. She later rounded up the dogs and headed back towards the ranch but discovered that Mozart was missing. She returned to the last place she saw him and found him dead on the trail.

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Last Friday, the 49-year-old actress, announced the death of Mozart on Instagram.

"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 wrote.

"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."
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