Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

CEO with ties to Tampa Bay caught on video kicking dog

A now viral video from an elevator surveillance camera caught the CEO of a food distributor with local ties repeatedly kicking a dog.

The video was recorded in July, but has just now made national news.

In it, Desmond Hague, CEO of food distributor Centerplate, is standing with the dog in an apartment elevator in Vancouver. When the door closes, Hague kicks the dog in the ribs. Later, he pulls on its leash until the dog's legs lift off the ground and it hangs from the neck.

Centerplate provides food services to Tropicana Field and the Florida State Fair. The company also provides food services for stadiums across the country. Hague lives in Connecticut.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the dog was a 1-year-old Doberman named Sade. After someone had reported the incident, two workers from the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals checked on the dog and found it in a crate, in a puddle of its own urine, the newspaper reported.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said in a statement. "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."

The Tampa Bay Rays released its own statement as well.

"We think the actions in the video are totally unacceptable and disturbing. The Rays organization, our players and front office employees have deep-rooted involvement with animal shelters throughout the Tampa Bay region and are proud to support them. We have spoken to Centerplate and we are confident they will handle this issue in an appropriate manner."

The Florida State Fair also released a statement.

"We have been made aware of Mr. Desmond Hauge's actions and we are currently taking this matter under consideration," the statement read.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the dog was taken by the SPCA and has no lasting physical damage.

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