The head of a giant sports catering company resigned in disgrace Tuesday over a videotape of him viciously attacking a puppy.
Desmond Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, faces possible criminal charges in Vancouver for the heart-wrenching footage of him kicking a 1-year-old Doberman pinscher and hanging the dog by its leash, several feet off the floor.
“We want to reiterate that we do not condone, nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board for Centerplate, which provides food services for clients including the NFL’s Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, the San Francisco 49ers and venues including New York City’s Javits Convention Center.
“I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many,” O’Donnell said in a statement, ESPN reported.
The video, captured at a luxury Vancouver apartment building, was leaked to Canadian authorities in Augus
The British Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and found the dog locked in a cage without food or water.
Hague apologized for the beating, saying he was reacting to “minor” frustration with the dog he had been babysitting for a friend.