Multimillionaire Desmond Hague, 47, former CEO of sports catering company Centerplate, has been formally charged with causing an animal distress after footage of him kicking a dog surfaced on the Internet.
In August of 2014, the disturbing footage of Hague kicking and violently dragging his friend’s 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher, Sade, in a Vancouver elevator sparked outrage. Hague publicly apologized and donated $100,000 to create the Sade Foundation, an organization for the protection of animals in Vancouver.
According to a Huffington Post article published shortly after the incident, Centerplate also said in a statement Hague would voluntarily serve 1,000 hours of community service at an animal protection agency.
More recently, the Huffington Post reported Hague has since been ousted from his position at Centerplate as a result of the incident. “The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care,” Centerplate said in a prepared statement, according to U-T San Diego.
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Charges were filed in Vancouver, but U-T San Diego reported it’s unlikely Hague will face jail time because the case was filed under provincial law rather than the criminal code.
However, violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can result in fines up to $75,000 and two years in jail.