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Woman Leaves $13M Fortune to Pet Cat
ABC News ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin Dolak

Posted on 12/12/2011 1:20:15 PM PST by decimon

A 4-year-old stray cat that was rescued from the streets of Rome has inherited a $13 million fortune from its owner, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon.

Maria Assunta left the fortune to her beloved kitty Tommaso when she died two weeks ago at the age of 94. The feline's newfound riches include cash, as well as properties in Rome, Milan and land in Calabria.

As her health began to fail two years ago, Assunta, who had no children, began to seek out a way to see that Tommaso was properly cared for after she died. In November 2009, she bequeathed her entire estate to the alley cat that she'd rescued.

Initially, Assunta had instructed her attorneys to "identify an animal welfare association or group to which to leave the estate and the commitment of looking after Tommaso," according to the Daily Telegraph.

Unable to find a satisfactory association to see to it that Tommaso was loved and cared for, Assunta decided to leave all her money to the cat via her nurse, Stefania, who cared for her until her dying day. Her last name has not been disclosed.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats

1 posted on 12/12/2011 1:20:20 PM PST by decimon
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To: Slings and Arrows

Felicitous ping.


2 posted on 12/12/2011 1:21:34 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

The potential for dirty joke material is off the charts here.


3 posted on 12/12/2011 1:25:20 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: decimon

I pinged an earlier posting of this one, thanks.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 1:26:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: decimon

Fascist feline.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 1:26:45 PM PST by Jukeman
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To: decimon

Oh oh, the cat will now be the subject of protesters by the Occupiers as it’s in the “one percent.”


6 posted on 12/12/2011 1:30:40 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: decimon

I hope the cat gets rabies.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 1:30:58 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: decimon

but seriously, what kind of sicko leaves a fortune to their pet? Virtually an unlimited number of ways to leave money in a will and this stupid old hag leaves it to a cat. I would piss on her grave.


8 posted on 12/12/2011 1:32:45 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: decimon

9 posted on 12/12/2011 1:35:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: decimon

Even with all her money, the cat probably gave her the most love. Unconditionally.

Well done, kitty.


10 posted on 12/12/2011 1:36:51 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: mamelukesabre
It's her money shouldn't she be able to do what she wants with it?

Your post sounds like something a 99%er would say.
11 posted on 12/12/2011 1:38:59 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: decimon

um, Meow?


12 posted on 12/12/2011 1:39:26 PM PST by NativeSon
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To: Sir Napsalot

13 posted on 12/12/2011 1:40:03 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: mamelukesabre
but seriously, what kind of sicko leaves a fortune to their pet? Virtually an unlimited number of ways to leave money in a will and this stupid old hag leaves it to a cat. I would piss on her grave.

I would. The only relative I have worth having doesn't need my money--she has a lot more than I do.

Over the years, I've known a lot of animals I'd rather have around than most people. One of my cats has been with me for 16 years--he deserves better than abandonment if something happens to me.

The "cat" isn't going to be spending the money. Someone will be spending it on paying for the cat's care and needs, making a contribution to the Italian economy.
14 posted on 12/12/2011 1:50:46 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: decimon

Well, she’s a moron, but it is her money with which to be moronic.


15 posted on 12/12/2011 1:51:15 PM PST by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see fascism elected at home.)
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To: decimon

16 posted on 12/12/2011 1:51:30 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: decimon

Oh!!!! That’s my cat Whiskers that I lost in Rome! I want him back! I miss him so money, er, I mean, much.


17 posted on 12/12/2011 1:52:41 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oztrich Boy
LOL Rich cat don't care!

Unable to find a satisfactory association to see to it that Tommaso was loved and cared for, Assunta decided to leave all her money to the cat via her nurse, Stefania, who cared for her until her dying day.

So, in reality she gave it to the nurse who took care of her. Good for her. Good for the nurse too.

18 posted on 12/12/2011 2:00:17 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

I am an old nurse meow....


19 posted on 12/12/2011 2:03:32 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: goat granny

Looking back up the thread I think I’d rather be Happy Cat than Rich Cat but I guess I’ll be satisfied with just being Alive Cat. hehehe


20 posted on 12/12/2011 2:09:06 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mmichaels1970
The potential for dirty joke material is off the charts here.

Reminds me of a certain Steve Martin routine.

21 posted on 12/12/2011 2:11:40 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: decimon
Rich Kitty Pictures, Images and Photos
22 posted on 12/12/2011 2:15:17 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: mamelukesabre

Animal worship at it finest!


23 posted on 12/12/2011 2:24:32 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: mamelukesabre
I agree. If not family members, there is always charity-who buy the way will probably get the money once the cat is gone.

Anyway, I didn't read the article but if there are pissy family members, they might have a case. When Leona Helmsley died, she left her money to her dog. Family sued and I THINK won.

24 posted on 12/12/2011 2:37:20 PM PST by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: randomhero97

dont be stupid


25 posted on 12/12/2011 2:42:09 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: nerdwithagun

I would think anyone could sue and win...her next door neighbor, her mailman, her garbage man, the kid that mows her lawn. If I was on the jury, I’d give it to any of those over a damn cat. Then I would go piss on the stupid hag’s grave.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 2:45:48 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Nepeta

I whole-heartedly agree. The money was hers to do with as she saw fit. Leaving it to her companion in her final days, via he nurse, is no one’s concern but her own.


27 posted on 12/12/2011 3:15:29 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: TigersEye

LOL being alive is good most of the time....some days it sucks....GG


28 posted on 12/12/2011 3:19:19 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Her money, her decision. Be it pampering her beloved feline after she passes or piling up all her money into one great pile and having the most expensive bonfire in history.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 3:22:04 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: bigredkitty1

ok. everyone has the right to be a stupid jackass but they don’t have the right to demand I not call them what they are.


30 posted on 12/12/2011 3:32:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre; All

Occupy Free Republic, is that you?


31 posted on 12/12/2011 3:41:18 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: nerdwithagun
They did take money back from the dog and two grandchildren she specifically disinherited were given $2m each on the idea she had not been of sound mind when signing that will. Helmsley's Dog Stripped of Million Dollar Inheritance

I hate that. If you've been cut out, you should damned well be cut out.

32 posted on 12/12/2011 3:49:22 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: nerdwithagun
They did take money back from the dog and two grandchildren she specifically disinherited were given $2m each on the idea she had not been of sound mind when signing that will. Helmsley's Dog Stripped of Million Dollar Inheritance

I hate that. If you've been cut out, you should damned well be cut out.

33 posted on 12/12/2011 3:49:22 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: newzjunkey

riiiight. I’m the freak. Because I think leaving money to a CAT is sick and twisted, I’m a freak. You really are a lost little child.


34 posted on 12/12/2011 3:50:37 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: decimon

And FYI, it wasn’t moi!


35 posted on 12/12/2011 3:52:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: newzjunkey

It would’ve been very easy to cut them out. All she had to do was leave her money to something sane...AS IN NOT HER CAT. But she was a sick twisted stupid jackass. Apparently you are too or you would be able to see it.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 3:53:00 PM PST by mamelukesabre (.)
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To: decimon
THIS JUST IN:

Obama's Class Warfare Disease Infects Members of Free Republic!


37 posted on 12/12/2011 3:57:59 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mamelukesabre
Please. You are a troll of the highest order. You pop into pet threads and spew your little canned bullshit response in hope of goading someone into violating the code of conduct. Then you get all excited when you get to click the report abuse button.

It's obvious you don't have much going in life to get a rise out of trolling on the Internet.
38 posted on 12/12/2011 4:08:24 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Sir Napsalot

One of my favorite stories is “Ophelia” by Florence Stevenson, about a cat who had inheritate her owner’s home and fortune. In the copy I have I kept a news clip of “Charlie Chan”, a white cat who inherited an estate back in April 1978. It’s crazy but hey, free country and all that...


39 posted on 12/12/2011 4:11:57 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Whoa...

Sure got your knickers in a twist, didn’t it?


40 posted on 12/12/2011 4:17:59 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Obama's Class Warfare Disease Infects Members of Free Republic!

Bah! That's just one guy who pisses in his own Wheaties every morning.

41 posted on 12/12/2011 5:23:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: decimon

Meow!


42 posted on 12/12/2011 8:09:57 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: decimon

Meow!


43 posted on 12/12/2011 8:10:06 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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