Neighbor Fires Air Rifle, Accidentally Kills Salma Hayek’s Dog

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By Phuong Le, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Salma Hayek’s neighbor fired an air rifle toward a dog that had come into his garage and fought with his dogs, apparently unaware that he had struck and killed the actress’ dog, authorities in Washington state said Monday.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office ruled the shooting justified but will send the case to prosecutors for review, said spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer. The office has been investigating after Hayek’s dog was found shot on her ranch on Feb. 19 south of Yelm, about 70 miles south of Seattle.

Kim Lund, the actress’ neighbor, told The Associated Press her husband had not intended to kill the dog.

“We didn’t even know we hit the dog,” she said Monday, adding that her husband held up the pellet gun and shot it to scare the dogs away. She said one of the dogs was on top of her dog at the time.

Ziesemer said Monday that a neighbor told a deputy he was inside his house when he heard what sounded like a dog fight in his garage. The neighbor says he fired one shot from an air rifle and the other two dogs ran off.

Lund said she and her husband were inside their home watching TV when they heard a ruckus in their garage. She said Hayek’s dogs often come over to her property and chase her dogs.

“I’m still coming to terms with all of this, as you can imagine,” Lund said. “We didn’t even know we killed a dog. To find out we killed a dog that belonged to a high profile person, I’m in shock.”

Hayek posted on Instagram Friday that she was mourning the death of her 9-year-old dog named Mozart and hoped authorities would find justice. The 49-year-old actress, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in the 2002 film “Frida,” said her dog was a loving and loyal companion and didn’t deserve a slow and painful death.

A veterinarian later determined a lead pellet nicked an artery and caused the dog, a Belgian Malinois, to internally bled out, Ziesemer said.

A caretaker was watching Hayek’s dogs on the property at the time. The caretaker told deputies she went for a horseback ride with a few dogs. At the end of the road, the dogs took off running toward the sound of other dogs at an adjacent property, Ziesemer said.

Later, the caretaker realized one of the dogs had not returned. She searched and found him dead on a trail.

Lund, who has five dogs of her own and other animals, said she was heart-broken to learn that the actress’ dog had died. “My heart is broken. I’m really sorry that the dog died,” she said.

The deputy determined that it was justified under Washington state law, since the dog had been inside the garage and was harassing their animals, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

A message left with Hayek’s publicist was not immediately returned.

Superhero Buzz: New ‘Batman v Superman’ Clip, Alternate ‘Deadpool’ Costume Desgns and More

One superhero movie continues to dominate the box office and arguably the biggest superhero movie of all time is about to hit theaters in a month. Find the latest from both of those plus an update on the next Wolverine solo feature below.

Deadpool

In addition to its main character, Deadpool did a great job breaking out the character of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who is from the comics but wasn’t well-known to general audiences. She actually looks a lot different in the movie, with young actress Brianna Hildebrand sporting a shaved head and rather simple goth-girl look then a very team-conforming X-Men uniform for the final battle.

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Jennifer Garner Breaks Silence on Ben Affleck Split (and That Back Tattoo)

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Eight months after her highly-publicized split from husband Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner is finally speaking out about the end of her marriage, breaking her silence in a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair.

Garner, who graces VF’s March cover, admitted that she still looks back on her relationship with Affleck fondly — and would still choose to marry him if given the chance for a do-over.

“I didn’t marry the big fat movie star; I married him,” the actress told the magazine. ” […] He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”

That shadow included the scandal that rocked tabloids last summer, when it was revealed that Affleck was having an affair with the couple’s nanny. Garner insisted, however, that that relationship played no role in the dissolution of her marriage (“We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,” she told the magazine), and that she and Affleck were doing their best to remain friendly for the sake of their three children.

“We still have to help each other get through this. He’s still the only person who really knows the truth about things. And I’m still the only person that knows some of his truths,” she told VF. ” … No one needs to hate him for me. I don’t hate him. Certainly we don’t have to beat the guy up. Don’t worry—my eyes were wide open during the marriage.”

Of course, Vanity Fair couldn’t resist asking Garner about Affleck’s now-infamous new ink, a giant tattoo of a phoenix stretched across his entire back. Yes, the tattoo is very much real, and yes, Garner finds it ridiculous, though she was much more diplomatic than the internet commentariat when discussing her ex’s new addition. Here’s the scoop from the magazine:

One thing is for sure: she refuses to claim responsibility for the midlife-crisis tattoo—the rising phoenix—that takes up her estranged husband’s entire back, as seen in photographs. “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.’ A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?” Garner says with a wink.

“I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”

Bless his heart, indeed. And bless Garner for remaining such a good sport about everything.

The whole interview is worth a read. Check it out over on Vanity Fair’s site.

[h/t Go Fug Yourself]

Photo credit: Getty Images

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