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Dog shot during apartment break-in

Two armed men kicked in an apartment door Wednesday night and shot a Doberman pinscher as the dog guarded its owner.

Brandie Anthony, 22, of 3424 W Lambright St., was not injured during the home invasion at 10:15 p.m. But her 7-year-old dog, Cid, took at least one shot to the left shoulder, said sheriff's spokesman Rod Reder. Severely wounded and facing amputation of a leg, the dog was destroyed. The two male invaders carried semiautomatic weapons, Reder said. One pointed his weapon at Anthony while demanding to see a former tenant. The dog jumped at them. The two fled after shooting the dog. Witnesses could provide only sketchy information about the men, who left in a white sedan.

Bank apologizes to sheriff for tax error

LARGO _ Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice's taxes went unpaid because of a bank error, the bank said in an letter of apology to Rice this week.

Rice didn't know until last week, when the Times wrote about his taxes, that his escrow account hadn't paid $2,853.49 owed on his waterfront property on Treasure Island.

Rice said neither the bank nor the tax collector's office sent him a bill.

Bank of America paid taxes on two of Rice's three parcels but mistakenly dropped the third one from Rice's escrow account, a customer service representative said.

The bank said it released $2,405.24 from Rice's escrow account July 13 to pay for the taxes, and paid $448.24 in penalties and interest itself.

Taxes on Pinellas real estate are due on March 31. People who pay by Nov. 30 receive a 4 percent discount.

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