Heart-breaking photos capture the raw grief of dog owners as their pets pass away after being euthanized

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Series of moving photos explores the intimacy of the human-animal bond, specifically at the end of a pet’s life 
Heart-breaking series of pictures inspired by photographer seeing a friend struggle with euthanasia of pet 
‘Last Moments’ taken with the co-operation of the dog owners over a year in the Tampa bay area of Florida 
Freelance photographer and filmmaker, Taylor, was nominated for Pulitzer Prize for this collection of images 

These heart-breaking photos called ‘Last Moments’ will bring a tear to the eye of any pet owner. 

The series explores the intimacy of the human-animal bond, specifically at the end of a pet’s life, before and after the passing at home with their owner.

Taken over the course of a year in 2017 to 2018, the photographs were made with the co-operation of the dog owners in the Tampa bay area of Florida who were aided by veterinarians from ‘Lap of Love’, an at-home pet euthanasia service that allows for a peaceful passing at home. 

Photographer Ross Taylor’s inspiration came after being ‘profoundly moved’ by seeing a friend struggle with the deterioration of her own pet’s health and her decision to use euthanasia.   

Taylor is a Denver-based freelance photographer and filmmaker and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this collection of moving images.


Olesya Lykovi cries out in anguish, moments after the death of her dog, Sam. Moments before, she looked at Dr Dani McVety (right) and asked: ‘Is he gone?’, Dani nodded and said: ‘He has his wings now’

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