Stamford CEO In Anger Counseling After Attack On Dog, Company Says

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Desmond (Des) Hague, CEO of Centerplate, a Stamford-based international sports venue catering company, is taking anger management counseling after he allegedly mistreated a year-old dog in Vancouver, B.C., earlier this summer.
Desmond (Des) Hague, CEO of Centerplate, a Stamford-based international sports venue catering company, is taking anger management counseling after he allegedly mistreated a year-old dog in Vancouver, B.C., earlier this summer. Photo Credit: Twitter

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The CEO of an international sports venue catering company is in counseling to deal with anger management issues after he was seen on a Canadian video kicking and mistreating a 1-year-old dog in an elevator, the Stamford-based company said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Desmond "Des" Hague has apologized for his actions, Centerplate said in the statement. 

"Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior," the company said in the statement. "He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company's clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multiyear financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals."

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has recommend to the crown attorney that Hague be charged in the attack on the Doberman Pinscher. The crown attorney is similar to a state's attorney or district attorney.

The decision on whether to press charges could take weeks, a BC SPCA official told the Daily Voice on Monday.

The abuse occurred while Hague was transporting a friend's dog, Sade, in an elevator at a Vancouver hotel. The actions were recorded and was handed over to the BC SPCA last Tuesday. The dog was seized last Wednesday. By last Thursday, it was the lead item on Global News a Vancouver television station.

Centerplate, which has its international headquarters at 2187 Atlantic St., said it has collected information from British Colombia authorities and is conducting an internal review.

"The company has now gathered all of the current facts from local authorities and is in the process of conducting an internal review. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review."

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