CRIME
01/24/2015 10:08 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Desmond Hague, Puppy-Kicking CEO, Faces Charges In Elevator Incident (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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The multimillionaire caught on camera abusing a puppy last summer was formally charged Friday.

Desmond Hague, 47, is facing two civil charges of causing an animal distress, U-T San Diego reports. Hague, the then-CEO of multibillion-dollar sports catering company Centerplate, was captured on surveillance footage in a Vancouver elevator kicking Sade, his friend’s 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher, and violently dragging her around by her leash.

(WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Hague released a public apology days after the video came out, but that didn’t prevent him from being ousted from his job at Centerplate. Hague had managed the Connecticut-based company since 2009.

Charges against Hague were filed in Vancouver, where the incident took place. In British Columbia, violations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can carry sentences of up to two years in jail and fines of up to $75,000. However, because Hague is facing only civil — not criminal — charges, jail time is unlikely, according to U-T San Diego.

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