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Portlanders Call For Firing Centerplate CEO On Social Media

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 11:02 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 1:36 p.m. | Portland

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Catering company Centerplate’s CEO is hardly out of the woods after elevator surveillance video footage showed him abusing a dog in Vancouver, B.C. (You might recognize the name if you ever bought a hotdog during a Timbers game at Providence Park.)

The video of Desmond “Des” Hague kicking a Doberman puppy and yanking on its leash leaked last week and has since circulated the social media sphere.

The footage has prompted protests at stadiums that serve food provided by Connecticut-based Centerplate in Canada and the U.S.

Hague, who admitted to being the person shown in the elevator video, released a statement Wednesday through his attorney, apologizing for the incident:

“I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed… a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response… I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”

The Oregonian reports that in addition, Hague has been placed on indefinite probation and will donate $100,000 toward a new foundation to protect and safety of animals in Vancouver. The organization will be called the Sade Foundation, named after the puppy he kicked. He will also put in 1,000 hours of community service for an organization for the safety of animals.

Portlanders expressed outrage on social media following the release of Hague’s statement, some saying that they wouldn’t be buying concessions at Providence Park anytime soon:

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2014, it’s don’t do anything in an elevator that you wouldn’t do in public.

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