An allegation of animal cruelty has landed the chief executive at Centerplate, a food, beverage and hospitality company based in Stamford, on indefinite probation. In addition, the company told him to donate $100,000 to an animal-protection organization.
Global News in Canada reported that a surveillance camera caught a man identified as Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague kicking a year-old Doberman pinscher in the stomach, and yanking its leash, in an elevator in downtown Vancouver in July. The video has been distributed on the internet.
The company issued a statement Wednesday saying, that after an internal investigation, the board of directors placed Hague on probation and made clear that further misconduct would get him fired.
It also directed him to donate $100,000 to establish the Sade Foundation, "in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator to help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver where the incident occurred."
In addition, they directed him to serve 1,000 hours of community service for an unspecified animal-protection group.
"We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others — both humans and animals," the statement said. "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 misconduct."
Global News reported that Hague sent the news organization a message apologizing for his actions.
Centerplate noted that Hague "still faces potential charges in Vancouver, where he is personally responsible for charges and fines in relation to the incident."