Social media is in an uproar amid news of a shocking video showing the CEO of a major food concessions company abusing a small dog in an elevator in Vancouver, Canada.
The man has been identified as Desmond Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, the multibillion-dollar company that runs the food concessions at the new Levi’s Stadium and other NFL stadiums. In the video taken last week inside an elevator at the Private Residences of the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver, Hague is clearly seen kicking the dog repeatedly and violently jerking the dog off the floor by her leash. According to multiple sources, the embattled CEO was pet setting for a friend. The Vancouver SPCA has obtained the video and the dog, a Doberman Pinscher named Sade, is in their care.
Shortly after the news broke out, the San Francisco 49ers released the following statement to ESPN and other media outlets:
"The San Francisco 49ers organization condemns the abuse of animals and was disturbed to learn of the recent news regarding Des Hague. We believe his actions are not reflective of the efforts and service provided by the hundreds of Centerplate employees working to present our fans with a tremendous experience at Levi's Stadium."
While Desmond Hague has issued an apology through his attorney, claiming it was “completely and utterly out of character”, the outrage has been universal on Facebook and Twitter and online petitions are already gaining steam in demanding his ouster. One petition on Change.org "Fire CEO Des Hague for animal cruelty" has already amassed nearly 30,000 signatures.
In the wake of Hague's disgraceful actions, Centerplate released a statement, available through their Facebook page. However, the motion to censure, penalize and place Desmond Hague on probation may not be enough, particularly if consumers decide to boycott the concessions indefinitely and continue their onslaught via social media. Additionally, Mr. Hague was directed to serve 1,000 hours of community service and donate $100,000 to the Sade Foundation, in honor of the frightened puppy he mercifully abused. The statement concludes by suggesting Hague may still face charges in Vancouver.