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If you’ve been to a major sporting event at a stadium, watched a performance at an ampitheater, or been to a ski resort, chances are you’ve eaten food made by Centerplate, one of the largest catering companies in the world.
It’s surprising, then, that a company that claims to offer the most extraordinary hospitality to its guests is run by a CEO that doesn’t hold the same regard for animals.
Desmond Hague, CEO of the Stamford-based catering company, was caught on surveillance video inside the elevator of a Vancouver hotel kicking a young Doberman, yanking on the dog’s leash so hard that the dog lifted off the floor by its neck, and dragging the terrified dog behind him as he exited the elevator.
When the British Columbia SPCA saw the video, they began an investigation into Hague. Officers reportedly found the dog, Sade, who is less than a year old, inside a crate, in distress, and surrounded by her own urine. Officers removed the dog after she exhibited behaviors that indicate abuse during their search.
The BC SPCA is currently caring for Sade, who did not require immediate veterinary care.
Hague said in a statement to Global News,”I take full responsibility for my actions. This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog’s owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”
Charges have no yet been filed.