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NFL Star Michael Bennett

Shamefully Abandons Boxer Pup

11/16/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett might be the worst NFL puppy owner of all time (well, 2nd worst) ...  'cause he abandoned his 4-month-old boxer at a boarding facility earlier this year and then STIFFED the place on the bill, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The drama began back in March, when the former Tampa Bay Bucs defensive lineman signed with the Seahawks and decided to board his dog Koa at the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility in T.B. while he moved to his new city.

But Bennett never came back for little Koa ... and for 4 long, lonely months, the puppy waited in vain at the facility, racking up a $5,000 bill.  

We're told Lucky Dog made countless efforts to contact Bennett and his wife ... but they never got a response, and in August, Lucky Dog gave Koa to a boxer rescue organization in Florida. Koa was eventually placed in a new home with a family that actually gives a crap about him.

TMZ Sports spoke with Michael who told us, "I thought [the $5k bill] was already taken care of. I will call them after work.” He didn't comment on why he never went back for the dog.

According to Lucky Dog, Michael still has not settled the bill.

Billy Madison would not approve ...

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31.

tjs    

He is an ASS HOLE!!!!!!!

305 days ago
32.

Charmian Inman    

Good. The dog is better off now that it has a good home. He should not have a dog if he cant make it a member of the family and give a crap about it.

305 days ago
33.

CScottRock    

He doesnt deserve the love that, that sweet animal had to give. His loss.

305 days ago
34.

Carolee Spero    

I am happy he doesn't have the puppy anymore because he is an abusive man!

305 days ago
35.

Choose Laughter    

Might want to change the name of the boarding facility?

305 days ago
36.

Sheltiebrat    

Besides the fact he was not man enough to let them know right away he was not coming back, letting someone else clean up his messes, he is a pig for not paying his bills.

He does not work for free, and he is an ass expecting someone to work for him for nothing-a super inflated self worth is so unattractive.

304 days ago
37.

ceebee505    

Awww Boxers are great dogs too. What a effing a hole

304 days ago
38.

Diane3667     

Who the F is this loser but for an animal abuser who is over paid for chasing a ball around? No better then any other common animal abusing piece of crap. ROT IN HELL FAT BOY

302 days ago
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Diane3667     

I rescued a deaf boxer & a Pit bull. Both are my life. I dont get why people cant do right by the animal and make sure it is safe if they dont want to care for it anymore. Never heard of his this clown. He is just another over paid athlete animal abuser like Michael Vick. Abuse is abuse. Rot in hell dirt bag.

302 days ago
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Tarington    

You know, when I hear about these despicable POS stories, I just want to go straight over to their faces and cold-**** 'em but then I'd be just as pathetic as they are. Yet, it sure makes you want to, doesn't it?

How could you leave an animal at a facility for 4 months and then on top of that stiff that facility with the boarding fee?!

The least this POS could have done is place an ad trying to find a FOREVER home for Koa, but no, this POS left it to someone else. Koa is better off because if this is how Bennett treated Koa, what else did Bennett and his family do to this furry, little sweetheart when he was in their care?

301 days ago
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