Maltese Terrier
Trouble the Maltese Terrier was one wealthy dog. Image: / Bistrosavage/Flickr/CC BY

Trouble, late real estate mogul Leona Helmsley’s Maltese Terrier, has died in Florida at the age of 12. The pampered pooch inherited $2 million when Helmsley died in 2007.

Died six months ago

Though Trouble passed away Dec. 13, according to trust spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan the news was made public on Thursday morning, nearly six months after the fact. Trouble was cremated, despite Helmsley’s request that the dog be interred next to her in her 12,000-square-foot mausoleum in New York’s Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Cemetery regulations forbid the interment of animals there.

Two children cut out of will

Trouble was purchased at a Manhattan pet store to console Helmsley after the death of her husband Harry in 1997. The dog was always at her side until her death. She had wanted to leave Trouble $12 million upon her death, but a judge lowered that amount to $2 million. Meanwhile, two of Helmsley’s own children were left out of the will entirely.

A full-time bodyguard

The conditions of Trouble’s inheritance included $8,000 a year for grooming and $12,000 for food. Trouble also had a full-time personal bodyguard because of the dozens of kidnapping and death threats the dog received since the inheritance.

The queen of mean

Helmsley was known in the press as “the Queen of Mean,” and was once quoted as saying that “only the little people pay taxes.” She served 21 months in prison for federal tax evasion.

Cared for by hotel manager

Since her owner’s death, Trouble had been cared for by the general manager of Helmsley’s Sandcastle Hotel in Sarasota, Fla. Although the exact cause of death was not disclosed, Trouble was blind when she died and had been in weak health. The balance of the dog’s inheritance has reverted to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Sullivan has declined to comment on how much was left of that inheritance.



N.Y. Post:

Huffington Post:

Post By bryanh (1,420 Posts)


Do you have a fantastic idea related to this article, but just don't have the money you need to start your own company or side-business? Get the loans you need from to help get your new company underway, from the small loan professionals at PersonalMoneyNetwork.

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]

Judge stabbed and deputy shot in Washington courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse

Following a standoff in a Washington state county courtroom Friday, a man reportedly escaped after shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder and stabbing a judge in the neck. The man is still at large. Treachery among the tree farms The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the western Washington town of Montesano, which bills itself […]

Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

Microraptor fossil

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]

Autocorrected message leads to school lockdown

Homage to the Sun

Adjacent schools in Georgia were locked down for two hours Wednesday after a text message reportedly warned of a “gunman” on campus. Later, it was learned that the message was the result of a smartphone autocorrect function, attempting to “fix” the misspelled slang word “gunna.” A series of mixups A series of mixups led to […]