According to Tuesday's NBC Connecticut News, the CEO of a large sports arena catering company has issued a statement citing his embarrassment and shame following the release of a surveillance video which shows his alleged abuse of a puppy.
On July 27, Desmond (Des) Hague, CEO of Centerplate, is captured on surveillance in 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 her in the area of her stomach.
The video was brought to the attention of the B.C. SPCA, who, earlier this week, went to the home where Sade resides and seized the dog. According to the Vancouver Sun, when investigators arrived, the dog was inside of a crate which smelled of urine; there was no food or water within the dog's reach.
Last weekend, Hague released a statement with regards to his behavior that day:
I take full responsibility for my actions,"
"This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal."
Centerplate has also issued a statement about the incident. On the company website, the following statement is posted:
In no way do we condone the mistreatment of animals. This is a personal matter involving our CEO that we are currently investigating.
As of yet, Hague is not facing charges. The dog has been examined, and according to Global News, she did not require immediate veterinary attention.
Video of elevator surveillance footage here.
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