A U.S. millionaire caught on camera apparently repeatedly kicking a puppy in a Vancouver elevator has been ordered to donate $100,000 and complete 1,000 hours of community service, or lose his job as CEO of a major catering company.
Desmond Hague will also be given a written censure and placed on indefinite probation, his employer Centerplate announced Wednesday after completing an internal review of the incident.
“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 conduct,” Centerplate said in a statement.
CTV Vancouver reports the incident took place in an elevator at the upscale Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver. Footage showing a man kicking a puppy in the stomach and repeatedly aggressively yanking on its leash surfaced earlier this month, drawing outrage on social media and leading to an SPCA investigation.
South Carolina-based Centerplate, which caters to numerous sports venues including BC Place and Safeco Field in Seattle, said Hague’s $100,000 will go to establishing a Sade Foundation in the name of the dog he mistreated.
The accused animal abuse has garnered media attention across the U.S.
Hague issued a statement after the video was released saying it was “completely and utterly out of character.”
"I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."
Centreplate said Hague has agreed to attend counseling sessions to “address his anger management issues.”
Vancouver's BC Place said it is "deeply concerned by what we have seen in the video," but won't comment on the allegations. A spokesperson said there are no current plans to part ways with the catering firm.
"Centerplate employs hundreds of people in B.C. and this incident is in no way a reflection of the high quality of service that Centerplate's employees have delivered for many years," a statement from the stadium sent to CTV News reads.
The young female Doberman remains in custody of the SPCA and evidence has been forwarded to Crown to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
Marcie Moriarty told CTV News that Hague has not applied to have the dog returned to him.
She said the young dog displays behaviour of an animal that has been abused repeatedly.