Desmond Hague was recently identified as a man caught on video inside an elevator kicking a dog and lifting the animal off the floor by its leash.
The surveillance video (below) shows the shocking incident, which happened in the Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada back in July.
Hague is the CEO of Centerplate, a company that provides food for several stadiums across North America.
Vancouver police just now became aware of the incident after a hotel employee sent them the video. A search warrant was issued and charges against Hague may be forthcoming.
“It’s an unprovoked attack on a dog,” Lorie Chortyk, of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told U-T San Diego. “In our reading of the law, he has violated the law. It’s not up to us to make a moral judgment on it."
“The dog’s in our care now,” added Chortyk. “We’ll make sure she gets a nice home.”
Hague issued a written statement to GlobalNews.ca admitting it was him in the elevator with the dog:
I take full responsibility for my actions, this incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response.
Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog’s owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.
However, Chortyk claims that Hague is actually the owner of the dog in question, a year-old Doberman Pinscher named “Sade."
“The way [the dog] behaves certainly gives the indication of fearfulness, and that indicates she has received this treatment before,” Chortyk added. “Our paperwork indicates that it was his dog.”