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Leona Helmsley’s Millionaire Dog “Trouble” Dies at 12

Leona Helmsley’s Millionaire Dog “Trouble” Dies at 12

Trouble, the beloved dog of wealthy real estate mogul Leona Helmsley, has passed away at the age of 12.

When Helmsley died in 2007, she left $12 million to the dog. The amount was later lowered to $2 million by a judge.

Since Helmsley’s death, Trouble has been taken care of by Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Florida. According to the New York Daily News, Trouble lived on $100,000 a year, which included $8,000 for grooming and $1,200 for food. The rest went to her caretaker and a security guard.

Trouble died in December, but news of her death was only recently released. Though Helmsley wanted Trouble to be buried with her in a family mausoleum in Westchester County, NY, pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

According to spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan, “Trouble was cremated, and her remains are being privately retained. The funds held in trust for her care have reverted to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for charitable purposes.”

Image credit: Minette Layne / Flickr (Note: The dog shown above is not Trouble)

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11:58AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Now at Rainbow Bridge.

6:17AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:34AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

R.I.P little guy!

1:10PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Goodbye, my you rest in peace. Why not have the ashes buried with the owner.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

I hope Trouble found Leona at the Rainbow Bridge.

10:29PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I would have made sure "Trouble" was looked after well for a long life, hopefully even longer, but the balance would have gone to the "homeless animals" of the country to make their lives a better place to live. There was probably a lot mroe money that could have gone toward building a shelter for the homeless.

10:51AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Wish she had donated a lot of money to help street animals... Rest in Peace, Troube * LOVE *

9:47AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Rest in peace, little dude!

5:59AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

It's very strange how some animals are spoilt to extreme whilst others are being eaten alive on the streets. There seems to be a huge imbalance in the world with both animals and people. Oh well, I hope the rest went to animal charities because they don't have all the media and celebs routing for them like children's charities do.

6:58PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

thank you

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