Salma Hayek wants "justice" for her dog who was fatally shot last week.

Salma Hayek's Instagram picture of Mozart

Salma Hayek's Instagram picture of Mozart

The 49-year-old star has implored authorities to investigate the death of her beloved pet Mozart, after the canine was found at her Washington State ranch with a bullet wound close to his heart.

Taking to her Instagram account the brunette stunner - who suspects foul play - posted a majestic photograph of the nine-year-old pooch and wrote: "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. 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. #doglover #animalrights #dog #dogoftheday #rip #delivery #washingtonstateauthorities (sic)"

Salma - who has eight-year-old daughter Valentina with her husband François-Henri Pinault - repeated the note in Spanish, her native language.

The animal lover has previously spoken about her love for her many animals.

On the Ellen DeGeneres show in October 2013, she shared: "I have five horses, four alpacas, one cat, eight dogs, one hamster, five parrots, two fish, I'm sure I'm forgetting something!

"You know this is like the Oscars you forgetting someone. Oh I forgot! I have bunny rabbits, I have turkeys, 20 chickens, same with the rabbits be careful just buy one."