Michael Bennett is a very good defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks. When it comes to his puppy owning skills, not so much. TMZ is reporting that Bennett is being ordered to pay a large sum of money to a dog boarding facility. Why? Because he supposedly dropped off his puppy and never came back for him.
Last year Bennett apparently dropped off his dog, Koa, at the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility in Tampa Bay, Florida while he was switching teams from the Bucs to Seahawks. But after many phone calls and attempts to get in touch with the DE, the boarding facility has finally turned to the case over to the courts.
Bennett is now being ordered to pay his bill of $8,268.80. In addition, the bill has an interest rate of 4.75% for each additional day that it goes unpaid.
This story originally broke in November and Bennett told TMZ that he thought the bill was taken care. It’s now almost April, and the tab is still unpaid.
So while Bennett didn’t abandon this dog in the old fashioned sense, he didn’t just go drop him off out in the middle of nowhere, he did technically abandon him.
There’s nothing wrong with coming to the realization that you don’t have time to take care of a dog. That happens all the time. But there are much better ways to go about finding a new home for the animal. Dropping it off and never picking it up, is not a good way to handle the situation.
At this time there’s been no further comment from the DE. Luckily, Koa has reportedly found a new home.