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Pinellas Sheriff's Rug Error Goes Worldwide

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UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15:
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released a very creative statement in regards to a rug in its headquarters bearing the typo "In Dog We Trust":

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will not "sweep anything under the rug." In light of the continued and extensive interest regarding our plans for the "doggone" rug, at this time we can confirm that the rug will be auctioned online with proceeds to be donated to a local animal rescue group.

ORIGINAL POST at 1:00 a.m. Jan. 15:
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has gone to the dogs. Well, at least its rugs have.

Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Wednesday that a new, $500 rug at the sheriff's administration building said "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."

The forest green rug with the sheriff's yellow badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.

Barreda says the error was made by the rug manufacturer, American Floor Mats, and it's in the process of being corrected. A second rug did not have the misprint, and the proofs the sheriff's office sent the company had the correct spelling.

The story has since gone viral, with news outlets around the country and around the world picking it up. 

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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