Dead dog artwork in 'poor taste'
The sculpture, by a second-year art student, was a surprise display within the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic this week, the Otago Daily Times reported.
It was intended as a tribute to the dead animal, found dead on a Dunedin road without identification tags.
But it was quickly removed as an exhibition when it sparked outrage and even tears.
Dunedin School of Art head Leoni Schmidt, in a statement, said that while students were encouraged to express and push their creativity, there were ethical limits and boundaries.
A faculty member told the newspaper the incident had been a lesson in what was considered acceptable.
There was a difference between displaying objectionable material within an exhibition context, which people could choose to view, and ambushing people with offensive content in public, he said.
No disciplinary action would be taken.