Des Hague was the CEO of U.S. catering company Centerplate when video surfaced that appeared to show him kicking a small, cowering dog, and swinging it up from the ground by its leash.
Hague pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in February, and sentencing arguments are underway in a Vancouver provincial courtroom today.
His defence lawyer told the court a veterinarian found the Doberman pup was not injured.
The puppy, named Sade, was not his dog, but he was caring for it for a friend.
Hague resigned from Centerplate and was ordered by the company to donate $100,000 US to animal welfare following the public furor over the incident.