Trouble, the 12-year-old Maltese millionaire, has died.
The pooch, who passed away last December, belonged to billionaire hotel queen Leona Helmsley, who left Trouble a $12 million trust fund when she died in 2007. A judge later reduced the trust fund to $2 million, a sum the dog’s caretaker, Carl Lekic, general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Florida, said would be perfectly adequate.
So what does a dog do with that much money?
Well, Lekic said Trouble had $100,000 living expenses per year, according to the New York Daily News , including $8,000 for grooming and $1,200 for food. The rest went to Lekic and a security guard, who was apparently very necessary. Trouble had received between 20 and 30 death and dog-napping threats.
The money remaining in the trust will be transferred to the Helmsley’s charitable trust.
Although leaving a dog millions of dollars might seem ridiculous to some, Helmsley isn’t alone in her choice. Heiress Gail Posner left her $8.3 million home and $3 million trust to her dogs, and Oprah’s pets will reportedly inherit $30 million from the media maven.