Desmond Hague – an unknown name but now enemy number one among animal lovers these days – is out. Hague, the (former) CEO of sports concession giant Centerplate, has resigned from his position under continued public outcry after an elevator security video surfaced of Hague kicking and abusing a one-year-old puppy. Now Hague has been given the boot; his Board of Directors ousted him and allowed the cowardly abuser to resign.
MSN reported today that the sports catering CEO who was “caught on camera kicking his friend's dog has resigned, according to a statement from the company's board of directors. The statement from Centerplate, a multibillion-dollar company that provides concessions for major arenas around the world, says CEO Des Hague's resignation comes as a result of his personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.”
Board of Directors chairman Joe O’Donnell issued the 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 caused to 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.
On July 27, video surfaced of Hague entering a Vancouver elevator at the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia. Allegedly dog-sitting for a friend, Hague is seen leading the young Doberman pinscher named Sade into the elevator on a leash, and then, while the puppy is lying on the floor, Hague repeatedly kicks her and yanks her about by the collar – choking the dog and practically lifting her in the air.
At one point, he bends down and appears to yell at the dog, who cowers because of what some suggest is a routine of anticipated abuse. Full video of the incident can be seen here. (Graphic)
Centerplate’s Board of Directors previously demanded that Hague donate $100,000 toward an animal foundation, perform 1,000 hours of community service with an animal rights organization, and an online petition had been started that calls for Hague to be sacked.
Additionally, multiple major sports team venues – the Superdome in New Orleans, San Francisco’s Giants and 49ers, Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, among others – all issued strongly worded statements condemning Hague’s cruel actions.
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According to the Vancouver Sun, SPCA officials who entered Hague's apartment found the crated one-year-old puppy lying in excrement and urine, and reported that there were previous signs of abuse. The dog's food and water plates were not within her reach.
Reports MSN Money:
As the story spread, calls for Hague's resignation grew, and Fortune speculated the scandal might hurt Centerplate's business. Some sports fans said they would refuse to purchase food in arenas catered by Centerplate.
Desmond Hague now will forever be known as a dog abuser. Will he quickly lose that reputation? Ask Mike Vick.