In this photo taken on Monday, April 9, 2012, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang greets a dog scheduled to be euthanized later in the day at a government-run shelter in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. In ... more 
In this photo taken on Monday, April 9, 2012, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang greets a dog scheduled to be euthanized later in the day at a government-run shelter in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. In an ongoing project, photographer Tou makes portraits of shelter dogs in the final moments before they are put down by lethal injection. Tou has been visiting dog shelters for two years now, making human-like portraits that give a sense of dignity and esteem to some 400 canines, in hopes of educating the public on the proper care of pets. This year Taiwanese authorities will kill an estimated 80,000 stray dogs at 38 pounds scattered throughout the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Wally Santana
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 1:26 AM EDT