Cats inherit $300,000 trust fund from late owner in New York

By Ben Hooper
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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A pair of New York cats are living in the lap of luxury as real-life Aristocats after their affluent owner left them $300,000 in her will.

Ellen Frey-Wouter, who died at the age of 88 with no children to inherit her $3 million estate, stipulated that $300,000 of her estate go to a trust fund for her cats, Troy and Tiger.


The felines, which are now cared for by two of Frey-Wouter's former health care aides, have all of their food, grooming, veterinary care and other expenses covered by the trust fund.

A Tennessee man named Leon Sheppard Sr. made similar headlines in 2013 when he died and left his $250,000 fortune and his 4,270 square foot home in a gated community to his cats, Frisco and Jake, instead of any of his five children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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