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Taiwan photographer records shelter dogs' last moments [Photos]

July 5, 2012 |  4:05 pm

Taiwan shelter dogs' pictures by Tou Chih-kang

In Taiwan, one man is giving animals destined to be put to death a last moment of dignity -- through the lens of a camera.

Photographer Tou Chih-kang, known professionally as Tou Yun-fei, has taken pictures of hundreds of dogs in their last moments at the Taoyuan Animal Shelter, just before veterinarians put them down, the Associated Press reports. His photos draw attention to the plight of strays, 80,000 of which are reportedly euthanized annually in Taiwan.

PHOTOS: A dog's last moments

“I believe something should not be told but should be felt,” Tou told the Associated Press. “And I hope these images will arouse the viewers to contemplate and feel for these unfortunate lives, and understand the inhumanity we the society are putting them through.”

See more of his striking images and behind-the-scenes shots in our photo gallery. You can also view some of his photos on this photo-sharing website.

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Photo: Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang hangs his portraits of the final moments in the lives of shelter dogs for an exhibition in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. Credit: Wally Santana / Associated Press

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