Leona Helmsley's Dog, Trouble, Passes Away

June 10, 2011 | By Kristen Seymour | Category: Strange But True | 2 comments
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Million-dollar Maltese dies at the age of 12.

Trouble, the Maltese that made headlines after her owner, billionaire real estate investor and hotel operator Leona Helmsley died and left the pampered pooch $12 million, passed away in December at the age of 12, reports the Daily News.

Trouble’s inheritance was drastically reduced to $2 million by a Manhattan judge following Helmsley’s death, after a trustee of $8 billion Helmsley charitable trust made it known that Trouble had received 20 to 30 death and kidnapping threats. The new sum was decided upon based on Trouble’s caretaker’s estimates, saying he could manage on $100,000 a year: $8,000 for grooming, $1,200 for food and the rest for his fee and a full-time security guard, according to the Daily News.

Make no bones about it -- Trouble continued to live in style, retiring to the warmer climate of Florida to reside at the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Sarasota, where she was cared for by the general manager.

Although Trouble accompanied her owner nearly everywhere, riding in limos and private jets to exclusive locations while the Queen of Mean was alive, Helmsley’s request that Trouble’s remains be buried next to her at the Helmsley mausoleum at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Westchester County has been denied -- pets are not allowed to be buried in cemeteries or interred in mausoleums, a member of the cemetery’s board explained to the Daily News.

Pictured: Leona Helmsley with her Maltese, Trouble, in an undated photo. (Zootoo Pet News file photo.)

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4 years ago

Poor puppy I would have spent the days as the greatest care taker for a dog I would not reqeust to have any of the dogs money and it would have been given to an animal rescue group when the dog passed away. I would have bought toys and treats beds and everything the dog would want and always play with the dog.

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