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CEO of catering company, caught on video abusing dog, to make large donation

Elevator surveillance screen shot
Elevator surveillance screen shot
Screen shot via Global News

According to Wednesday's CBC News, in the wake of a damning video showing alleged dog abuse, the CEO of a large sports arena catering company has agreed to make a large donation towards the establishment of an animal welfare organization.

On July 27, Desmond (Des) Hague, CEO of Centerplate, was captured on surveillance cameras inside of an elevator at the Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C., with a Doberman puppy named "Sade." On the video, Hague can be seen jerking on the dog's leash and kicking Sade in the area of her stomach.

After the video was viewed by the B.C. SPCA, Sade was seized from her home and Hague was placed on "indefinite" probation by Centerplate. Hague has also agreed to donate $100,000 to establish the Sade Foundation, which will help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver.

Following an internal review of the incident, Centerplate issued an official statement, which reads in part:

We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals. 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.

The company also is requiring Hague to volunteer his time - they stated:

Further, we are requiring Mr. Hague to serve 1000 hours of community service in support of an organization that serves to protect the welfare and safety of animals.

Hague has stated that he is sorry, and ashamed of his inappropriate behavior.

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