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Ex-CEO filmed kicking dog in elevator charged with cruelty

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of an arena catering business who resigned in September after video surfaced of him kicking a puppy in an elevator has been charged with animal cruelty in Canada.

Desmond Hague, the former chief executive of Stamford-based Centerplate Inc., was charged Friday with two cruelty counts as a result of the July 2014 incident in a Vancouver apartment complex.

British Columbia’s SPCA says that after the incident, the Doberman pinscher puppy was taken into the SPCA custody and returned to its owner on the condition it have no further contact with Hague.

Hague said at the time he was “ashamed and deeply embarrassed” by his actions. Information about Hague’s lawyer couldn’t be determined Saturday.

If convicted, Hague faces a maximum fine of $75,000, up to two years in jail or up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.

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