WATCH: The dog abuse allegations against Centerplate CEO Des Hague have reached the U.S. The company is launching an internal investigation and NFL fans are pressuring stadiums to drop Centerplate. Asa Rehman reports.
A high-profile CEO recently caught allegedly abusing a dog in a Vancouver elevator will donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service, but will not be fired.
Centerplate, which offers catering to sports teams across the world, fined and censured Des Hague today following an internal review.
He will be given a written censure, forced to serve 1000 hours of community service for an organization that protects animals, and personally donate $100,000 USD to create the Sade Foundation, which will support the protection and safety of animals in Vancouver.
Centerplate will also contribute a portion of their sales to the Sade Foundation
In a statement, the company wrote: “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”
They also wrote that “Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him.”
Global News was first to show the video that appears to show Hague kicking a dog, who he says belonged to his friend, several times before hauling it from a leash.
WATCH: Security Camera video from the elevator showing alleged dog abuse. Warning: disturbing content.
“We were surprised that the company still chose to employ somebody who apparently has anger management issues and clearly an appalling case of compassion towards animals,” says Leanne McConnachie with Vancouver Humane Society.
“They might have been better off to actually take that $100,000 and donate it to animals in need today.”
Chief Prevention and Enforcement officer for the BC SPCA Marcie Moriarty says it is inappropriate for them to comment on the most recent development as the enforcement agency responsible for the investigation.
“But we are pleased that the incident is not being ignored by the company,” says Moriarty.
Hague still faces the possibility of charges and fines for his actions. The SPCA is investigating and a search warrant has been issued.
People in Vancouver have called on BC Pavilion Corporation, which operates BC Place and the Vancouver Centre, to drop their relationship with Centerplate, but have thus far declined.
Hague has apologized publicly through his legal counsel for his actions, saying “a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted in appropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that.”
Centerplate’s full statement:
Centerplate’s Board of Directors recently convened a special meeting following the completion of an internal investigation and review of an incident involving animal cruelty by its CEO Des Hague.
We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals. The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.
Thus, upon internal review of the incident, and recognizing that Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him we have decided to take the following immediate actions:
Mr. Hague will be given a written censure by the Board whereby he will be placed on indefinite probation stating that any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate 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.
Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals, and as a strong sign of our conviction, we the company will also contribute a portion of our sales to the Sade Foundation. Additionally, we will open this foundation to all Centerplate employees and the general public who want to support and contribute in the hope that meaningful change can come out of this tragic situation.
Mr. Hague still faces potential charges in Vancouver, where he is personally responsible for charges and fines in relation to the incident.