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Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Originally posted 06/26/2015 05:00PM

Stacked ten high, they span the length of two football fields and outsize Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings. But for Jacksonville, Florida, artist Mark Barone and partner Marina Dervan, the collective masterpiece of thousands of 12x12 portraits dubbed An Act of Dog is more than a work of art – it's a heartfelt call to action.

"A camera can't give an image soul," Barone says in the trailer for the upcoming PBS documentary on the project. "But an artist can."

To that end, Barone set out to paint the soulful faces of 5,500 shelter pets that were euthanized over the past few years – each portrait representing one of the 5,500 dogs lost to America's kill shelter system daily. That's 1.2 million dogs put down each year because shelters are simply out of space and the animals are out of time.

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Anonymous Deputy Buys Gas for Pregnant Woman in Need

Anonymous Deputy Buys Gas for Pregnant Woman in Need: 'The Smallest Things Can Turn Out to Be the Biggest Blessings'

Originally posted 06/26/2015 04:45PM

One Georgia deputy has given new meaning to the phrase, "to serve and protect."

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Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to South Carolina After Church Tragedy

Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to South Carolina After Church Tragedy

Originally posted 06/26/2015 09:35AM

Midpoint in the sorrow following the church shootings last week in Charleston, South Carolina, big slobbery dog kisses helped to spread comfort among the emotionally wounded.

As thousands of people rallied at a park across the bridge from the city on Sunday to honor the victims, Porsha (a St. Bernard) and George (a labradoodle), certified therapy dogs with the nonprofit, all-volunteer HOPE Animal-Assistance Crisis Response, went to work communicating peace and love in their own way.

Handlers Cindy Becker and Julie Scott say that their dogs offer relief to everyone – from first responders to trauma victims, to children who just want a kiss and a wag. "We let people approach us," says Scott told PEOPLE. "Our dogs offer unconditional comfort, even if it's just five minutes with this loving, calming animal."

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'He Is the Toughest Kid I Know,' Says Mom of 16-Year-Old Attacked by Shark in North Carolina

'He Is the Toughest Kid I Know,' Says Mom of 16-Year-Old Attacked by Shark in North Carolina

Originally posted 06/25/2015 06:20PM

It hasn't even been two weeks since 16-year-old Hunter Treschl lost his arm in a shark attack – but the upbeat teenager from Colorado is already back to texting with his friends and playing basketball.

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Police Officer Comforts 2-Year-Old Girl with Lullaby After Car Accident Kills Father: 'I Didn't Want Her to Be Alone'

Police Officer Comforts 2-Year-Old Girl with Lullaby After Car Accident Kills Father: 'I Didn't Want Her to Be Alone'

Originally posted 06/25/2015 05:05PM

When Officer Nick Struck showed up at the scene of a car accident in Brighton, Colorado, on June 18, he saw four young children ejected from a car.

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Couple Defend Their Love After Bouquet Selfie Gets Negative Comments: Our Relationship 'Is Not About Looks'

Georgia Couple Defend Their Love After Bouquet Selfie Gets Negative Comments: Our Relationship 'Is Not About Looks'

Originally posted 06/25/2015 03:20PM

Ashley Stevens never imagined that a photo she took with her dad and boyfriend after catching the bouquet at her cousin's wedding would get not only millions of views, but also brutal comments from strangers across the country.

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Pizza Delivery Guy Delivers CPR Instead of Pie: 'I Left a Pizza Boy & Came Back a Pizza Man'

Pizza Delivery Guy Delivers CPR Instead of Pie: 'I Left a Pizza Boy & Came Back a Pizza Man'

Originally posted 06/25/2015 12:45PM

"This was my very last order of the night," recalled Anson Lemmer, a 19-year-old Denver, Colorado, pizza deliveryman, of his June 15 shift. "I expected to just run right out there and back."

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16-Year-Old Boy Recalls North Carolina Shark Attack: 'I Saw the Shark on My Left Arm'

16-Year-Old Boy Recalls North Carolina Shark Attack: 'I Saw the Shark on My Left Arm'

Originally posted 06/25/2015 11:55AM

Hunter Treschel, the 16-year-old boy who was bitten by a shark in North Carolina on June 14, says he didn't feel anything during the attack.

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Pastor and 3-Year-Old Boy with Special Needs Form Special Bond at Texas Rodeo

Pastor and 3-Year-Old Boy with Special Needs Form Special Bond at Texas Rodeo

Originally posted 06/24/2015 03:05AM

All it took was attending a rodeo in Texas to change the lives of a 3-year-old boy and his mother.

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World War II Veteran's Missing ID Bracelet Returned to New Jersey Family 70 Years Later

World War II Veteran's Missing ID Bracelet Returned to New Jersey Family 70 Years Later

Originally posted 06/23/2015 04:20PM

On June 6, 1944, Peter Testa stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. During the D-Day invasion, Testa’s military identification bracelet detached from his wrist.

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