Salma Hayek is mourning the death of her dog Mozart, shot in the heart on the Mexican actress's ranch in Washington state, and asks that the culprit be found so that justice can be done.

"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," Hayek wrote on Instagram.

In her message the actress of Lebanese descent, who had posted a photo of the dog while it was still alive, expressed her indignation about what had happened and asked police to do everything possible to find the gunman.

"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.

Two weeks ago, the actress posted a photo on Instagram in which she is seen riding in a car with another German shepherd in her arms.

"I love dogs so much that I can't resist cuddling with them - even when they've helped arrest me in the movie we're shooting," Hayek said in the message that accompanied the photo.

The actress from Coatzacoalcos habitually posts photos of animals, which she adores, on social networks.

The artist, 49, said last August on NBC's "Tonight Show," hosted by Jimmy Fallon, that she's in the habit of adopting stray dogs and that at the time she had nine pooches.

Hayek the dog-lover acknowledged that her husband, French entrepreneur Francois-Henri Pinault, had already "threatened" her because she had rescued "enough" animals, which she brings into her "sanctuary" where she shelters about 30 of them, including turkeys, hamsters, alpacas, horses, parrots, fish, a cat and more.

During another interview with Ellen DeGeneres in October 2013, the star of "Frida" said that once in Mexico she picked up a coyote thinking it was a dog.

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