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CEO Loses His Job After Kicking Puppy

Centerplate chairman apologizes for Des Hague's conduct
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
CEO Loses His Job After Kicking Puppy
A screen shot from the offending video.   (YouTube/Latest News)

(Newser) – Facing anger on social media and a petitions against his company, the CEO who was caught on video kicking a puppy has now resigned, USA Today reports. "The decision comes as a result of [Desmond] Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care," says catering company Centerplate in a statement. A Change.org petition calling for his exit garnered nearly 193,000 signatures, while other petitions sought boycotts against Centerplate, which caters at stadiums and other large venues.

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"I'd like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused so many," says the chairman of the company's board. Hague's story could be a lesson to other powerful figures to be on their best behavior, says a PR exec. "The old power structure is dead. You can't stop something from going viral," she notes. "Video evidence is more persuasive than anything else." The British Columbia SPCA has called for abuse charges against Hague, Fortune notes. (Read more animal cruelty stories.)

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