The CEO of a multi-million dollar firm caught on video kicking a friend's puppy in Vancouver has been ordered to create a foundation for animals.
Des Hague, who has been identified as the man in a elevator surveillance video, is the CEO of Centerplate, a company that does corporate catering for sports arenas and convention centres in North America.
Sade, a Doberman Pinscher, is less than a year old and belonged to Hague's friend, said Global.
Centerplate conducted its own internal investigation and review of the video. It has placed Hague on indefinite probation where "any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate termination," said a statement by the company's board of directors.
"We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others — both humans and animals," reads the statement. "The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff."
As a "condition of his employment," Hague must donate US$100,000 to create the Sade Foundation, in honour of the dog he mistreated. He must also complete 1,000 hours of community service with an animal welfare group. Centerplate said it will also donate a portion of its sales to the Sade Foundation.
"This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed," Hague said in a Saturday statement, according to The Vancouver Sun. "I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog's owner."
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