I spent some more time this afternoon picking around the controversy that is Habacuc and came up with this from the gallery director in Nicaragua where the original piece took place:
"The dog remained in the premises three days, from the 5pm afternoon of Wednesday 15 of August. He was loose all along in the inner patio, except the 3 hours that the sample lasted, was fed regularly with dog food that the same Habucuc brought. Surprise, to the dawn of Friday 17, the dog escaped happening through the iron doors of the main entrance of the building, while the nocturnal watchman who finished feeding cleaned it the outer sidewalk of the same one.
The Gallery Codice reserves the right of guarding by the quality of the exposed works, respecting at any moment the creativity of the artist and it has never tried to exert no type of censorship, as long as they do not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal. I thought to remain with "Natividad", but he preferred to return to his own habitat. I celebrate the one that so many people in the international level have been annoying by the declarations offered by Habacuc, in which she maintained that its intention was to let die to the starvation dog, which is of its absolute responsibility. When fulfilling informing the truth into the facts, I hope that all those same people have also elevated their voice of repudio when Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler."
I mostly get what's being said here although it gets a little confusing at the end.
I also found this little tidbit from the Guardian online:
"Vargas, 32, said he wanted to test the public's reaction, and insisted none of the exhibition visitors intervened to stop the animal's suffering. He refused to say whether the animal had survived the show, but said he had received dozens of death threats."
If you go to Snopes they have the death of the dog in the galley listed as undetermined.
I will say despite the bitchiness of anonymous' post I can sorta see why he/she had their hackles up. Many of the protest sites I found were annoying for there complete lack of critical thinking. One of my favorites referred to Habacuc's artist statement as a bunch of your "typical artist's blah, blah."
Alright blah, blah, blah, this artist is gonna finish up with class and then go out to Biba for the Ol' Man and I's 2 year anniversary!!!!