Desmond Hague, CEO of Centerplate has resigned after he was Caught On Camera Abusing a Dog. Desmond Hague apologized for the incident, admitting that he lost control. He agreed to donate $100,000 toward the establishment of the Sade Foundation in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator.
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The surveillance video shows a man in an elevator repeatedly kicking a small dog and yanking his leash hard enough to lift the animal off the floor.
Investigators in Vancouver identified the suspect as Desmond Hague, chief executive officer of Centerplate, the Connecticut-based catering giant that operates concessions at Qualcomm Stadium and the San Diego Convention Center, among many other venues.
The incident, which occcurred in July, has sparked outrage among animal-rights activists in British Columbia and the U.S. — and prompted calls for boycotts at Centerplate operations across Canada.
Authorities only became aware of the alleged abuse last week, when an employee at the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver sent them a copy of the video.
In a statement, Hague apologized for what happened, saying it was out of character. He said it was a friend’s dog and that he was ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Centerplate has run Notre Dame’s concessions since 2011.
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