Former Centerplate CEO fined $5,000 for dog abuse

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Desmond Hague, the former CEO of stadium concessions company Centerplate, has been slapped with a $5,000 fine and three-year ban from owning animals.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year and the punishment was announced in a sentencing hearing this afternoon.

In July 2014, CCTV footage inside an elevator at the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia showed a man repeatedly kicking a one-year-old Doberman puppy and yanking its leash to the point that it was lifted into the air.

Hague was later identified as the man in the video after footage was released to the public, which sparked a public outcry. The dog, named Sade, belonged to a friend of Hague.

In response to the incident, Centerplate ordered Hague to donate US$100,000 to establish an animal welfare foundation in Vancouver, where the incident occurred, and to perform 1,000 hours of local community service.

He resigned from the company due to continued public pressure over the matter. The video of Hague’s dog abuse received international media coverage.

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