Dog killer shot dog “for Art” receives $750,000 in public funds

We were on Facebook earlier today when we read a story from posted by Christina D. at  This is just outrageous…


Tom Otterness

Tom Otterness

Should Sculptor Who Shot Dog ‘for Art’ Receive $750K in Public Funds?

Back in 1977, Brooklyn-based artist Tom Otterness made a film of himself shooting and killing a dog he’d adopted from an animal shelter. It’s art! But it’s also evidence of an act of animal cruelty, which is why some San Francisco residents don’t want Otterness to receive $750,000 in public funds to make statues for a local subway station.

Otterness was awarded the money by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors, which approved the contract commissioning him to create 59 bronze statues—not of dead dogs, but of the little cartoonish people he now makes. Somehow the judging panel didn’t know about Otterness’s dog-murder movie—even though it’s listed right there on his danged Wikipedia page, and a simple Internet search of his name pulls up results that refer to it. Now they have a signed contract on their hands, and must to answer to a city full of hippie dog lovers too busy throwing soy bones to their pets to have any kids.

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Posted by on Sep 19 2011. Filed under Animal Reality, Shocking, Shocking!. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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3 Comments for “Dog killer shot dog “for Art” receives $750,000 in public funds”

  1. I think if he recieves any money it should be given directly to animal welfare or local shelters. That would be a great step towards public redemption.

  2. he should be in jail!! if i was there i would have been in jail.

  3. judianne Lee

    Love your topics

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