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Leona Helmsley's millionaire pooch, Trouble, dies in Florida



They say all dogs go to heaven, but alas for Leona Helmsley’s Maltese multimillionaire pooch Trouble, they also say you can’t take it with you.

The darling dog of the billionaire “Queen of Mean” real-estate mogul died in Florida in December at the age of 12, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Helmsley, who died in 2007, left $12 million to the pooch, though a judge later reduced it to $2 million.

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

Helmsley said in her will she wanted to be buried with the dog in Helmsley's mausoleum at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Westchester County, but a worker at the cemetery who answered the phone there said dog burials aren’t allowed on the grounds.

While in Florida, Trouble lived a life of luxury, as Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Sarasota, cared for her with a budget of about $100,000 yearly.

That healthy allowance covered Trouble's food, grooming, Lekic's fee and a security guard, according to the Daily News, which first reported the story.

And while $2 million sounds like a big payout for any pup, Trouble was far from the world's richest dog. In 1992, Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany reportedly left some $106 million to her German Shepherd, while Oprah's dogs is reportedly worth about $30 million.

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