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Mistreating dog costs CEO $100,000, 1,000 hours but not job


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The CEO of sports concessionaire giant Centerplate has been placed on probation by the company — and requiring him to make a $100,000 donation to establish an animal charity — after investigating a video showing him mistreating a dog.

Desmond Hague must also serve 1,000 hours of community service in support of an organization that serves to protect the welfare and safety of animals, the company said.

Or else, he’ll be fired.

Connecticut-based Centerplate handles food service for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, and other sports venues across North America.

The company found itself in the crosshairs of outrage from its clients, sports fans and animal rights activists, some seeking Hague’s dismissal after the video went viral.

The punishment, announced Wednesday, follows a meeting of Centerplate’s board of directors. The company said Hague will be given a written censure and placed on indefinite probation. Any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate termination.

“We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct,” the company said.

Hague’s donation will be used to start the Sade Foundation, named for the 1-year-old Doberman he was seen kicking and angrily yanking on a security video recorded in the elevator of a Vancouver residential tower.

On Wednesday, Hague expressed shame, saying “a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control.”

The video was made public after it was emailed by a “concerned citizen” to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which investigated the incident.

The Sade Foundation will help support the protection and safety of animals in the Canadian city, Centerplate said.

The company said it will also contribute a portion of its sales the foundation “as a strong sign of our conviction” that it “in no way condones the mistreatment of animals.”

Hague still faces possible charges in Vancouver.

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