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Leona Helmsley’s will to give $1 million to dog causes, down from $12m

The Queen of Mean will get to throw dogs a bone after all – but that’s about it.

The trustees for Leona Helmsley‘s estate said Tuesday they have started spreading her estimated $5 billion fortune by awarding $136 million in grants to charitable causes; a mere $1million is going to the dogs.

Helmsley, who died in 2007 at age 87, had ordered in a 2004 revision to the mission statement for the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust that its money go to “purposes related to the provision of care for dogs,” along with other charities.

A Manhattan judge ruled in February that the money was not limited to man’s best friend, allowing it to be spread among dozens of charities for sex abuse victims, Jewish day school students, the homeless and medical research.

“Throughout their lives, the Helmsleys were committed to helping others, through the innovations of medical research, responding to those in need during critical times, and in other areas,” the five trustees said in a statement.

“We now have the privilege of continuing their good works by providing support where it will make a difference.”

The biggest grant, $40 million, will add doctors, improve technology and finance an expansion of the Center for Digestive Diseases at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.

Other recipients include a center for the bowel disease program at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a charity that provides food in southern Africa and Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, which is getting $2 million.

Among the canine causes, Helmsley’s $1 million gift will be split among 10 charities, including some that train seeing-eye dogs and dogs for the deaf, and another that trains inmates to raise puppies to become bomb-sniffers.

The Queen of Mean left $12million in her will to her beloved white Maltese, Trouble, while freezing out two of her grandchildren “for reasons that are known to them.”

Last year, a judge awarded the disowned grandkids, Craig and Meegan Panzirer, $6 million, and sliced Trouble’s cut to $2 million. The remainder was to be put into the charitable trust.

The grandkids charged Helmsley was not mentally competent when she signed her will.

BY: JOSE MARTINEZjmartinez@edit.nydailynews.com
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

I say… Who is this judge to over rule someone’s will?  This money should all go to the charities and Leona’s designations, which means all to animals or the dogs if that was Leona’s wish!  Leona was a tough old bird and knew what she wanted!!!!  And if she wanted to disinherit her grandkids… so be it!  Why even a make will???? …Ask Marion/JOMP~

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The Running of the Bulldogs

Running of the Bulldogs

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Local Bulldogs Were Invited to Participate in First Ever “Running of the Bulldogs” in downtown San Diego. DowntownDogLover.com hosted a “Running of the Bulldogs” as part of their official Launch PAW-ty festivities on Saturday August 8, 2009.

They invite all breeds of bulldog (including American, Aussie, English & French) to participate in the charity event which took dogs and their owners on a 6 block course through downtown San Diego ending at the DDL Launch PAW-ty. Participants were required to dress in all white or light khaki could run, walk or wheel their dogs through a small downtown course for $10.00 per dog. A portion of proceeds will go to the FACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

Let the walk begin!
Let the walk begin!
Mush!
Mush!
Taking the humans for a walk.
Taking the humans for a walk.
The Kissing Booth
The Kissing Booth
Keeping cool in the pool.
Keeping cool in the pool.
A Skate Dog.
A Skate Dog.
A very cool stroller dog.
A very cool stroller dog.

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Pet PawDid you know?  Many sick and injured pets are abandoned or euthanized because their owners are unable to cover the cost of their emergency or critical care needs.

The FACE Foundation provides financial assistance to animal owners who are unable to cover the full cost of their pets’ critical or emergency veterinary care.

As many people today experience increasing economic challenges, their pets are suffering too. The number of people who cannot afford critical medical care for their sick or injured pet is growing at an alarming rate.

In what is being labeled as ‘economic euthanasia,’ these beloved companions are being euthanized because their owners cannot afford the often unexpected cost of treatment needed to save their lives. The FACE Foundation was created to address this tragedy. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved family pets, has become a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives.

The FACE Foundation is the first of its kind in San Diego County. While there are wonderful charitable groups focused on finding homes for pets without families, there are no other organizations that are singularly dedicated to saving the lives of pets that are already in loving homes, but whose families cannot pay for all or part of the emergency or critical care they need to survive.

FACE relies solely on donations to continue its mission of providing access to life saving veterinary care and to enhance and preserve the quality of life for these loving pets.

Source:  Good Bloggie and Downtowndoglover.com

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