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Desmond Hague, CEO of the Stamford-based catering company, Centerplate, 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.
Centerplate, who provides food services to sports arenas, stadiums, and other large event venues around the world, initially remained fairly quiet about their CEO’s actions, simply stating that they did not approve and that it wasn’t a reflection of the company.
However, as news of Hague’s behavior spread around the globe, animal lovers quickly put the pressure on sports teams, the NFL, the NBA, and MLB to drop the catering company and source their food services elsewhere.
That’s when Centerplate stepped up.
According to Global News,
(Hague) will be given a written censure, forced to serve 1000 hours of community service for an organization that protects animals, and personally donate $100,000 USD to create the Sade Foundation, which will support the protection and safety of animals in Vancouver.
Centerplate has also committed to donating a portion of their sales to the Sade Foundation.
In a statement, Centerplate also states, “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”
However, they still contend that his behavior was out of character and are allowing him to keep his position as the company’s CEO.
Meanwhile, an SPCA investigation into Hague’s conduct is still underway. A search warrant has just been issued and he may still face criminal charges for animal abuse.
To read our original report on the incident, or see the difficult-to-watch surveillance video, click here.