Centerplate CEO Desmond "Des" Hague is on "indefinite probation" while the company looks into his bad behavior in a Vancouver elevator where he repeatedly kicks and violently yanks the leash and lifts the young dog off the ground. The video is disturbing and there are many animal lovers sharing their desire on-line to see Hague fired from his position.
If you aren't aware of Centerplate, the Stamford, Connecticut based international company is a supplier of food to sports, entertainment and historical venues in the U.S.A. and Canada. Centerplate has contracts with teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and the NHL.
According to ESPN, Hague was dog-sitting the Doberman pinscher puppy for friends and after what he calls a "minor frustration" lost control and started kicking and yanking on the puppy's leash and lifting it into the air.
Initially Centerplate considered this incident a personal matter, but now the company has issued an official statement.
“We are aware of the incident involving Centerplate CEO Des Hague and the attention surrounding it. The company has now gathered all of the current facts from local authorities and is in the process of conducting an internal review. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company’s clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review.”
In addition to the "indefinite probation" from Centerplate, Hague will donate $100,000 toward establishing a foundation in the name of the dog he has admitted to abusing, and serve 1,000 hours of community service to an organization that supports animal welfare and safety. The fine of $100,000 is likely less than 1% of the multimillionaire's annual compensation.
The Huffington Post shared this update: "A spokeswoman for the BCSPCA told UT San Diego on Monday that the dog Hague was abusing in fact belonged to him, not his friend. The spokeswoman also said the BCSPCA has taken custody of the dog. Centerplate did not immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post."
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