Photographer tells story of doomed shelter dogs

Associated Press
In this photo taken on Monday, April 9, 2012, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang calms a puppy before trying to make a portrait in the final moments before it is to be put down by lethal injection at a shelter in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. Tou has been visiting dog shelter 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)

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Photographer Tou Chih-kang has been recording the last moments of canines at the Taoyuan Animal Shelter in Taiwan for two years. He has captured the images of some 400 dogs, most of which were pets abandoned by their owners. To him the work is distressing, but he's trying to spread a message of responsibility. Read more about Tou Chih-kang's story.

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