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"In Dog We Trust" Misprinted Sheriff Rug Auctioned Off For Animal Charity

A Florida sheriff's office that received a carpet with a typo that read "dog" instead of "God" is being auctioned off to benefit an animal shelter.

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After it sat at the foot of the entrance of a Florida sheriff's office for months, a deputy finally noticed on Wednesday that "In God We Trust" was misprinted as "In Dog We Trust."

The shaggy dog story gained so much attention that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri decided to auction the carpet off and donate the proceeds to an animal group.

The rug originally cost $500, but bids are already twice the purchase price. The auction ends Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said 100% of the proceeds from the auction would go to Canine Estates, a nonprofit animal shelter located nearby in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The misprint was the fault of the manufacturer, American Floor Mats, who is in the process of making a replacement, CNN reported.

The sheriff's office announced the auction on Facebook, saying, "We will not sweep anything under the rug." Instead, the agency said it would auction off the "doggone rug."

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.

Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.

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