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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

49ers, Giants' Catering CEO Filmed Abusing Puppy (Video)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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Catering giant Centerplate, the folks serving up your fare at both Giants and Niners home games, are familiar with tweaking the third rail of San Francisco politics. This is a union town, but Centerplate engaged in a contentious labor battle for four years

Fans kept eating those garlic fries, though — even when it involved crossing a picket line. 

This however — this is bad. It's one thing to tangle with unions in San Francisco. It's wholly other to tangle with dogs. And Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague was caught on a Vancouver, B.C. elevator surveillance video kicking and dragging a Doberman puppy

A puppy. This is not good PR. 

Hague, for his part, claims this mad-dog behavior is totally out of line with his normal demeanor:

"I take full responsibility for my actions," reads his mea culpa. "This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal." 

And yet, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims that this dog is, in fact, Hague's. Or, rather, it was. SPCA officers seized the animal, described as "a Doberman pinscher puppy in its crate, surrounded by the stench of its own urine with its food and water bowls out of reach." 

It remains to be seen if this development induces Giants and Niners fans to lose their appetites. As for Hague, during his company's labor battle, he enlisted the services of San Francisco public-relations and damage-control expert Sam Singer.

But Singer, who has walked an accused CEO out of a mess or two, is not at the moment in Centerplate's employ. For now. 

Update, 4:30 p.m. Denizens of the internet are not pleased with Desmond Hague. See here. And here

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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