Desmond Hague, the multimillionaire CEO who was caught on camera repeatedly kicking a friend’s puppy has been formally charged with violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and faces up to two years in prison and $75,000 in fines.
Security cameras in the elevator of a Vancouver, Canada, apartment building captured Mr. Hague kicking a one-year-old Doberman Pinscher, named Sade, in the stomach in July of last year.
Mr. Hague later resigned from his job as CEO of Centerplate Inc. — a $6 billion-dollar company which provides snacks at sports and entertainment arenas across the U.S., including the Superdome in New Orleans, Providence Park in Portland and the Javits Center in New York City. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Desmond Hague is facing two years in jail and $75,000 in fines for kicking a friend’s dog.
2. The footage showed Hague kicking a friend’s Doberman Pinscher in an elevator in July.
Rather than stepping down, Mr. Hague at first agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues. However, sports fans continued to demand his firing. Centerplate board chairman Joe O’Donnell said in a statement:
We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals.
Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has cause for so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident.
Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.
Chris Verros, Centerplate’s company’s chief operating officer since 2010, will now be acting president and chief executive.
3. Another image from the footage shows him yanking the dog off the ground by its leash.
4. The dog is seen cowering from Hague as he repeatedly kicks him. Hague later apologized for the outburst and vowed to donate money to animal charities — but sports fans demanded he stepped down.
The shocking video captured Mr. Hague kicking the dog as it cowered in the elevator, then yanking its leash and swinging it around, in scenes that are difficult to watch.
After the video was released, Mr. Hague, who had been Centerplate’s CEO since 2009, said the dog belonged to a friend and apologized for his actions. He said in a statement:
This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed.
He blamed his actions on “a minor frustration” with the dog and added:
Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal.
Following the incident, the British Columbia SPCA removed the dog and Mr. Hague still faces the possibility of criminal charges, the Oregonian reported.
Here is the surveillance footage:
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