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Dog-Abusing Centerplate CEO Has Ties to Sun Life Stadium, Miami Beach Convention Center

Last week, part of a surveillance video was leaked, showing Des Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, abusing a dog.

The footage from an elevator camera in a Vancouver apartment building, depicts Hague yanking the leash of the small dog, then kicking the puppy while it is lying down.

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Although ESPN reports the puppy belongs to a friend, other outlets tie ownership to Hague himself. In any event, Centerplate has issued a statement condemning their leader's actions.

Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees," the company said in a previous statement. "Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company's clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multiyear financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals.

Although it looks like Hague will retain his position at the food and hospitality giant, part of the agreement involves the CEO donating $100,000 to the Sade Foundation "in honor of the dog he mistreated" and serve 1,000 hours of community service to an undetermined animal protection agency. Hague is also facing criminal charges for animal abuse in Vancouver. The pup's name is reported to be Sade.

The company serves as the primary food & beverage provider for 300 sports arenas, convention centers, and other venues across North America and the United Kingdom.

Facilities in South Florida include the MIami Beach Convention Center and Sun Life Stadium. Just this week, Sun Life announced partnerships with a variety of local restaurants in an effort to provide a better dining experience to football fans. Although the names on the signs are of local establishments like Cuban Guys and Bokampers, it is the multi-billion dollar corporation, with headquarters in Connecticut, that actually manages the day-to-day operations and staff.

Sun Life Stadium issued the following statement regarding their association with Centerplate:

We are aware of the allegations involving Centerplate's CEO Des Hague. Our organization doesn't condone or accept animal abuse under any circumstance. We believe the reported actions and video are not reflective of our local Centerplate employees who work tirelessly to provide exceptional service to our fans at all of our events. We will continue to monitor this matter.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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