Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 animal groups sue trustees of Helmsley estate

The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and Maddie's Fund have sued the to intervene in the $5 billion estate of Leona Helmsley. According to the press release from HSUS, the suit asserts that the trustees have been misdirecting funds from the estate that Helmsley intended to go to help dogs and that the trustees have ignored her estate planning instructions. It is also described "as the most significant financial litigation in animal welfare history."

The President of Maddie's Fund, Rich Avanzino, points out that "even a small fraction of this money makes it possible to virtually empty all animal shelters in America of dogs without homes."

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