Michael Bennett has settled up with the Tampa Bay kennel where he abandoned his dog after moving to Seattle. A year after dumping his pooch on the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility and blowing town, Bennett has reportedly forked over $10,000 to cover his bill.
No payment will be made to the dog for emotional distress.
The Lucky Dog facility claimed in a suit that Bennett, who bolted from Tampa to sign a $28 million deal with the Seahawks last year, simply vanished after leaving his four month old boxer puppy Koa at their place in 2013. Repeated attempts to contact Bennett resulted in deafening silence.
Finally, after nearly a year, attorneys for the kennel say Bennett handed over a $10,000 check and the matter was put to rest.
As for the dog, TMZ reports that Koa was adopted by a new family and had his name changed to Quigley. The puppy is reportedly “doing great” and has “grown into a healthy, beautiful, smart and friendly dog who’s loved by his new family.”
So things turned out well for Koa/Quigley and for the kennel. I guess you could say they turned out okay too for Bennett, considering the big contract he signed and the Super Bowl ring he won, but now he has to deal with the shame of being outed as a terrible pet owner.
Michael Bennett, you truly truly suck.