CEO ordered to donate $100K after being caught abusing puppy
The B.C. SPCA has recommended cruelty charges against Des Hague, CEO of U.S.-based catering company Centerplate. (Twitter)
Published Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:11PM EDT
The CEO of a prominent catering company has been ordered to donate $100,000 and complete 1,000 hours of community service, or risk losing his job, after he was caught on camera abusing a puppy in a Vancouver condo building.
Des Hague, CEO of Centerplate, was captured on video repeatedly kicking a Doberman pinscher puppy and using a leash to jerk it around inside a downtown Vancouver elevator. The video surfaced earlier this month and prompted the U.S.-based food and beverage corporation as well as the SPCA to launch investigations.
On Wednesday, Centerplate said Hague's behaviour was "unacceptable" and noted that he has been placed on an indefinite probation.
"Any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate termination," the company said in a statement.
Centerplate’s board of directors have ordered Hague to serve 1,000 hours of community service for an organization that protects animals and personally donate $100,000 to establish the Sade Foundation, which will support the protection and safety of animals in Vancouver.
Sade is the name of the dog that Hauge was caught abusing.
"The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behaviour unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff," the statement read. "We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague's personal misconduct."
Centerplate said it will donate a portion of its sales to the Sade Foundation and open donations up to its employees and the public, "in the hope that meaningful change can come out of this tragic situation."
Centerplate caters to numerous sports venues including BC Place, home of the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps. The venue also hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.
Since the video was released, anumber of individuals have said they will no longer purchase food and drinks from venues that use Centerplate's services.
If you plan 2 attend a venue where Centerplate operates bring your own food. Pls contact venue & ask them what they plan 2 do about this.— Franco Ⓥ(@peachplumorange) August 28, 2014
Hague issued a statement after the video was released, saying his actions were "completely and utterly out of character."
"I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."
Meanwhile, a petition calling on Centerplate to fire Hague has garnered nearly 37,000 signatures.