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In a letter to the Arts Commission, the city's Animal Care and Control Department director Rebecca Katz said that "I understand that Mr. Otterness is genuinely interested in having further discussions with our department and other community stakeholders regarding the type of projects that might provide ongoing attention to the importance of humane treatment of animals, to the impact of violence against animals on the community, and to serve as a memorial to all animals that have suffered from abuse." The city's Art Commission is set to vote on whether to axe two contracts with Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness today, after it was recently discovered that the artist shot and killed a dog in the name of art in 1977. The contracts are for a total of $1,450,000, $365,750 of which has already been paid to Otterness. [SF Appeal/Curbed SF]