Life is not so rosy for a dog that was just left a $12 million trust fund.
Leona Halmsley left Trouble, her eight-year-old Maltese, a $12 million inheritance after she passed away last month. Her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, was asked to care for Trouble. Helmsley left Rosenthal $15 million and a percentage of her charitable trust.
It is reported that Rosenthal has expressed that he is not interested in caring for Trouble. It is unknown if Helmsley’s grandson and second choice to take care of Trouble, David Panzirer, will step in.
Trouble is currently staying at the Helmsley’s Connecticut mansion and is being cared for be employees at the 28-room estate.
Helmsley had also wanted Trouble to be buried with her at the Helmsley mausoleum at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
But the cemetery says state law forbids animal remains to be buried in human graveyards.
And now there is someone trying to get their hands on Trouble’s money. Helmsley’s former housekeeper, Zamfira Sfara, has claimed Trouble has bit her numerous times during her three-month period of employment.
In 2004, Sfara sued Helmsley over one of the bites, but she lost when a judge ruled that Helmsley was protected under the Worker’s Compensation Law.
Now, Sfara’s son said his mother has asked lawyers to look at going after Trouble’s $12 million inheritance.
“That is the next step,” the son told the New York Times. “That dog got money. That money is going to be taken away from that dog.”
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