Trouble in Poochadise
NEW YORK – CBS reports that the $12 million dog once owned by Leona Helmsley has gotten death threats in recent weeks.
Caretaker John Codey says he's received upwards of 30 letters, many stating that if captured, the Maltese will be ransomed.
Others say they just want the dog to die – that it doesn't deserve the overstuffed trust Helmsley left.
But friends say the public has overblown the trust – since Helmsley has left billions to those in need, both while living and as part of her will.
In her lifetime, she donated about $100 million to hospitals, 9/11 funds and more. For her legacy, she created a charitable trust containing $6-8 billion, to be doled out as trustees see fit.
When Trouble dies, whatever remains of the $12 million will be absorbed by the trust – so if someone were to steal and ransom the dog, they'd be taking more money out of the hands of people that truly need it.
Codey says there's little chance of that, since the dog is in an undisclosed location. He says Trouble is comfortable though, and living in a warm climate.
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