The CEO who was caught on camera abusing a puppy is being replaced as the head of a Connecticut-based multibillion-dollar company.
In a video that quickly went viral, now removed from YouTube, Desmond Hauge can be seen kicking a Doberman puppy and yanking violently on its leash in an elevator. "WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE" accompanied almost every video posted online.
Hague has managed Centerplate, a hugely successful sports catering company since 2009. Centerplate released a statement letting the public know that Hague would donate $100,000 towards the creation of an organization dedicated to protecting animals and will be required to serve 1,000 hours of community service.
The statement was met anger and a Change.org petition with over 100,000 signatures demanded that Centerplate fire Hague.
Centerplate complied and released a statement on the corporate website reading in part:
Centerplate’s board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.
“We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate.
There's no report of whether or not Hague will be criminally charged yet. According to UT San Diego, the decision will be made in a few weeks.