Trouble, Helmsley’s Dog, May Be In For Some Trouble

TroubleLife 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.”


Photo: Associated Press

14 Responses to “Trouble, Helmsley’s Dog, May Be In For Some Trouble”

  1. Carol says:

    These people make me sick. What a blatant, money grubbing attempt to extort money.

  2. Lynne says:

    I feel for the dog. The entire family, on the other hand, can go pound sand.

    This “little person” would take great care of Trouble…WITHOUT the damn money.

  3. Pukanuba says:

    Trouble is welcome to come live at my house. I’d be more than happy to take care of this dog. Can’t believe people are actually thinking of suing to take the dog’s money away from him……..please, give me a break. Is there no limit to greed in this country?

  4. Stefani says:

    I have two maltese lovers in my family. I am sure they would be happy to give Trouble a home, and he doesn’t need to come with all that money.


  5. Sharon says:

    This is why I prefer animals to people.

  6. NH says:

    I feel so bad for that dog. Poor Trouble.

  7. highnote says:

    Poor Trouble. I am sure he misses his master. I do not understand why anyone would not love to have this cutie. Just look at that sweet, sad face!

  8. Lynn says:

    Helmsley was so fastidious about all things in her life, I can’t imagine that she would leave Trouble at loose ends like this.

    So I went a-googling and found this article from someone in the know [???]:

    Surely she had to have known that she couldn’t have Trouble buried with her…….but there are other ways.

  9. nora says:

    I would love to have my Rufus buried with me……..Stupid law that says animals and people cannot be buried in the same ground. Maybe I can find some way around that.

  10. mittens says:

    me me me- i’ll care for Trouble!!!!! i’ll even marry Trouble .and when Trouble passes on i’ll sneak into the cemetary with a gun and a shovel and comply to any and all wishes of the will….i’ll do it…i”l stand up for you , honey….it’s mittens who really loves you…

  11. kaefamily says:

    With money or not, esp. with that huge amount of money, why would she even think that a family member/relative would even give a damn about HER dog after she passed away?!! The money would be wisely spent and Trouble would be in better care if it was donated to a pet shelter with specific instructions to care for Trouble.

  12. chris says:

    I hope Alvin Rosenthal doesnt get 1 cent of her money. He naturally would take the money but not the dog. Even if he did take the little on he wouldnt treat her properly.

    I’d take Trouble without being given 1 cent and care for her and give her a spoiled life. I would hope that the money that was left to Trouble would be donated to organizations to prevent dog fighting and one that would prevent toxins being placed in our pets food!

  13. beaucat says:

    keep the money, give me the furbaby

  14. Ann says:

    Trouble is a beautiful dog. I would love to care for her. I hope she is well protected from that maid.

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