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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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1.

Brian    

Who? Never heard of him.

349 days ago
2.

ocgirl714    

That breaks my heart :(. I'm glad that precious puppy has a loving home now.

349 days ago
3.

AllieHughes    

Billy Madison would kick this guys hiney. I miss the days of Adam Sandler cranking out all if those instant classic movies and making the world a better place.

349 days ago
4.

bernergirl    

What a jack a$$.

349 days ago
5.

Ladylike    

Very sad, so happy the puppy now has a good home.

349 days ago
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val     

I hope the guy is a dud and thrown out of the game forever. He's a lousy dog owner and dogs are recognzied as 2 year old children with their minds. He's second to Michael Vick as a slug who should be thrown out of the game forever... We hate him.

349 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

WTF? Who does this? Whose wife does this? They must be the biggest douches in the world. I hope they don't have children and never have them.

349 days ago
8.

Quinn    

Animal. Bennett. Not the dog.

349 days ago
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Johnbrnc    

Go to the Seattle Seahawks website, "fan feed back/ players" and tell them NFL fans will not accept cruelty to animals. Mr. Bennett needs to be forced to pay the $5000 bill to the boarding facility and show some support to the family that rescued the puppy and gave it a forever home.

349 days ago
10.

janie    

and this is why i hate people more and more each day!

349 days ago
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everibodilies    

What a piece of s*it!!!

349 days ago
12.

6one9    

FLUCK YOU MICHAEL BENNETT!
POS trash and yo skank wife too!!
Pay your 5k
KARMA ``` will come collecting!!

349 days ago
13.

onlydatruth    

He probably forgot with all those hits to his head...

348 days ago
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Amen    

What's the problem. It's not like he kicked the dog. It was left in a facility that could sell or breed the dog. This is a non-issue.

348 days ago
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Queen.of.the.Obvious    

Wouldn't expect anything less from the Seahawks.... smh.

Gooooo Niners! :-)

348 days ago
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