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Former Centerplate CEO pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

A screen grab from the surveillance video showing alleged animal abuse by Centerplate CEO Des Hague.
A screen grab from the surveillance video showing alleged animal abuse by Centerplate CEO Des Hague.

Desmond Hague, who appeared in court today to face animal cruelty charges, plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

The former CEO of Centerplate made headlines after a video recorded in an elevator was made public last summer.

The surveillance camera video shows a man kicking a Doberman puppy and using a leash to suspend the dog in the air.

It was recorded in the residences at Hotel Georgia building.

At the time, Hague was the head of a company providing catering services to BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

He resigned in the wake of the incident with a promise to donate $100,000 and 1000 hours of community service to animal welfare.

He also released an apology letter saying he was ashamed and deeply embarrassed about the incident.

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The BC SPCA conducted an investigation and referred the case to Crown.

Hague did not appear in court today but has a sentencing hearing set for April 15.

WATCH: Video allegedly shows Hague kicking and abusing a Doberman puppy named Sade

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