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CEO put on probation after video of him kicking a dog goes viral

Des Hague is the CEO of food and drink company Centerplate.

This video may upset some readers

Source: Global News/YouTube

THE CEO OF an American food and drink company has been placed on “indefinite probation” after a video of him apparently abusing a dog went viral.

Des Hague, CEO of Centerplate – a US company which serves food at entertainment venues and employs 30,000 people – issued an apology today after the video caused outrage online.

In the video, reportedly captured at a condo building in downtown Vancouver, a man identified as Des Hague by Global TV in Canada, is seen kicking the dog and pulling the dog off the ground by the lead.

The British Columbia Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals says that they are recommending a prosecution in the case. They say that the Doberman is ok.

NBC San Diego quotes a Centerplate statement as finding Hague’s behaviour “unacceptable”.

“We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”

Through his legal counsel, Hague issued an apology to Global News.

I take full responsibility for my actions, 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. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog’s owner.

At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.

Read: Man arrested after dog killed in Dublin field yesterday afternoon

Read: ‘In my 23 years as a dog warden, I’ve never seen such a horrendous act of animal cruelty’

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