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The Landfill Dogs, April 15, 2014

Shannon Johnstone Landfill Dogs photographThe Landfill Dogs

photographing the beautiful souls of overlooked dogs

April 15, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew are joined by Shannon Johnstone, who tells us about her "Landfill Dogs" project.

Shannon has been photographing dogs who have been homeless for at least two weeks and are facing euthanasia if they do not find a home. She takes her photographs at a local landfill that has been turned into a public park. To date 79 of the 100 dogs she's photographed have found homes.  

Shannon Johnston "landfill dog" photoHow does Shannon get such great photos of dogs? Experience—she's a photography professor—plays a big role. She suggests taking a lot of pictures (she takes 400-500 per session!), experimenting with your camera's settings (she prefers aperature priority mode) and frequently changing the angles at which you're taking pictures—not only does this give you more variety but it will help keep your canine model engaged.

You can see more of Shannon's great photos here: Landfill Dogs website | Landfill Dogs facebook page

Melanie Hicks Hughes of Bama Bully Rescue also joins us to address the prospects for BDL in Riverside, AL, after a fatal dog attack in that community. Although Riverside does not have a leash law, there is talk in the community of passing BDL and/or enacting a leash law. Meanwhile in Clay, Alabama, the mayor has said he wil continue to enforce his community's breed-discriminatory ordinance despite an injunction on enforcement while the ordinance is litigated. There have been no reports of active enforcement however.

Little Darling fills us in on her very active schedule and Yvette Van Veen considers retractable leashes.

Shannon Johnstone's 100th Landfill Dog

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