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Cat by Lazy Lightening via Wikipedia Commons

Cat by Lazy Lightening via Wikipedia Commons

If you spend much time on the Internet, you know that it’s virtually impossible to avoid pictures or videos of cute animals. They’re everywhere!

Some people may even prefer animals to other humans. Whether Leon Sheppard Sr. of Memphis, Tennessee preferred his cats to his family is up for debate. But according to a Yahoo Shine article, after his death, Sheppard’s will provided a sizeable sum to his cats Frisco and Jake. They also received his $4,270 square-foot home.

Sheppard had many human heirs to choose from — children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. Apparently, he decided that they could wait until Frisco dies.

“[T]he cats are to live in the Sheppard home in a way that maintains their standard of living, and the $250,000 will be used for their care as well as the maintenance of the house. After Frisco dies (his age isn’t known, but according to WMC-TV, he’s “old”), the remainder of the money will be divided among Sheppard’s relatives, with the understanding that Jake will be cared for.”

Attorney Randall Fishman told Yahoo Shine that Sheppard was free to allocate the money as he chose. “People donate to animal hospitals and charities all the time; the only difference is that Mr. Sheppard’s estate is going to specific animals.”

While it was legal for Sheppard to do so, his family may or may not agree with his choice of beneficiaries. They chose not to comment for the article.

What do you think of his choice?

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January 13th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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