VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The CEO of Centerplate -- the company that provides food services to Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and the Indianapolis Zoo -- has apologized after he was caught on video kicking a dog.
According to court documents, Desmond Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, Inc., was in an elevator in Vancouver when he was caught kicking a Doberman several times and yanking it by the neck as he left.
The video went viral Tuesday and people around North America have promised to boycott any facility that uses Hague’s company, which said it's conducting an internal review.
"Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company's clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multiyear financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals."
The company said Wednesday that Hague will be placed on indefinite probation and any further acts of misconduct would result in termination.
"As a condition of his continued employment with Centerplate, Mr. Hague will personally donate $100,000.00 USD which will be donated towards the establishment of the Sade Foundation in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator to help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver where the incident occurred. 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."
As of Wednesday, no animal cruelty charges had been filed, but Hague still faces potential charges after Canadian officials took the dog away for treatment.
Hague apologized for his actions and issued a statement to Global News in Canada:
"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. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog's owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."