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Of the approximate 3.9 million dogs that enter the shelter system, about 1.4 million, or one in three, make it out. The statistic for pit bulls is not as optimistic with some findings stating only 1 in 600 will be adopted, with the rest being euthanized.
An award-winning photographer has made it her mission to change these stats. Last year, French born Sophie Gamand began a project to change the perception of pit bulls, a breed that is often deemed dangerous, violent and aggressive. Calling it "Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution," New York City-based Gamand created the series to show pit bulls in a softer light - portraying them to look like "hippies, soft fairy-tale-inspired characters, feminine and dreamy." To achieve this, she places homemade floral crowns on shelter pit bulls and poses them against pastel backgrounds in hopes viewers see the breed's true beauty, not the negative stereotypes often associated with them.