A Stamford man could face animal abuse charges after he was caught on surveillance video abusing a Doberman puppy in an elevator, according to Canadian television network Global News.
The man in question has been identified as Desmond Hague, CEO of Stamford-based catering company Centerplate, who was staying at a hotel in Vancouver last month.
Video from the elevator shows him kicking the dog, then snapping its leash and, at one point, jerking hard enough that he lifts the puppy off the ground by its neck. He then exits the elevator, dragging the dog behind him.
Centerplate released the following statement Monday afternoon after the video surfaced and allegations against Hague came to light:
“This is a personal matter involving Des Hague. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals and, since learning about the situation late Friday night, have reached out to local authorities to better understand the facts and circumstances related to the incident. As this is an ongoing review, we cannot comment further at this time.”
In an updated statement Tuesday, Centerplate officials said Hague has agreed to anger management counseling "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, and multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals," the statement reads.
Global News reports that the local SPCA got ahold of the video last week and is actively investigating. The officers reportedly found the dog in a crate surrounded by its own urine.
"I take full responsibility for my actions," Hague said in a statement to Global News. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed."