Dbpedia URI causes issue when label includes a & character

I use DBPedia Spotlight to identify concepts in publications, and it works well, but when I try to retrieve JSON about concepts that have an ampersand, I get an error.

For example:

The error:
Virtuoso 37000 Error SP030: SPARQL compiler, line 3: syntax error at ‘<’ before ‘local:’

SPARQL query:
define input:default-graph-uri <http://dbpedia.org>
prefix owl: <http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#> CONSTRUCT { <local:/resource/Art_

What is the cause of this, and how to address it?