Leona Helmsley estate throws a bone to the dogs

Leona Helmsley

’s money was finally divvied up, people walked away with $136 million of it - and dogs got $1 million.

Trustees of the real estate queen's estate announced grants to 53 charities on Tuesday, the bulk of which went to New York City hospitals and research.

And dogs, a well-known love of Helmsley’s life, will benefit from $1 million to be divided equally among 10 animal rights charities, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and several groups that train guide dogs for the blind.

Helmsley was 87 when she died in 2007. Her will named her dog,


, as a beneficiary, giving animal-rights groups reason to cheer, thinking that her megamillions would go to the dogs, so to speak.

But a surrogate court judge ruled in February that trustees for the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust had sole authority to decide which charities benefit from her estate.

The grants include $25 million to create a Helmsley Center for Electrophysiology — the study of electrical properties of cells and tissues — at Mount Sinai, and $10 million for the Helmsley Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.