Many pet owners consider their dog or cat to be part of their family. But one eccentric millionaire, Miami heiress Gail Posner, apparently considered her Chihuahua to be more a part of her family than her own children. The late Posner has left her mansion, worth $8.3 million, and $3 million trust fund to her three dogs.
Posner once called her Chihuahua Conchita one of the most spoiled dogs in the world, and if the will holds up, Conchita and her two friends are set to inherit one of the nicest properties in South Florida. Posner’s son Bret Carr is suing the estate after being left out of the inheritance.
Conchita is used to being pampered. In 2007 Posner bought her a $15,000 necklace replete with diamond studs, but claimed that it wasn’t in the dog’s taste.
The South Beach Chihuahua isn’t the first dog to be left with what relatives felt was an outsized portion of a will. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley famously left $12 million to her dog Trouble (a sum which was later reduced by the judge to the not-at-all-unreasonable amount of $2 million). Majel Roddenberry, widow of the creator of the original “Star Trek,” left a mansion full of staff to the family dogs. Patricia O’Neill, daughter of the Duchess of Kenmore, left $38 million to Kulu, her chimpanzee.
Carr alleges that his mother’s diminished mental state towards the end of her life, not her devotion to her dog, caused her to leave such a fortune to Conchita. The case is awaiting settlement.