The CEO of a major Canadian company that deals with the NFL resigned Tuesday after video captured him abusing a dog in an elevator.
Desmond Hague, the head of the catering company Centerplate, was seen in an elevator surveillance video at the end of July kicking a dog and lifting it by its leash.
“Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal,” Hague said in a statement last week. “I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog’s owner.” He also pledged to donate $100,000 to a charity, get help for anger management and take part in community service.
But Tuesday, Hague resigned as a result of the incident.
Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, issued a statement:
We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals. Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.
Hague was pet-sitting the dog for a friend. He said the dog caused him some “minor frustration” and he lost his cool. The dog — a Doberman Pincher — was located and removed from the owner after it showed signs of abuse.
According to ESPN, Centerplate has contracts with the likes of the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. It also has upwards of 30,000 employees and works with more than 300 venues. Hague could also still face criminal charges.