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CEO tied to MTS Centre sorry for dog abuse

The CEO of Centerplate Inc., the American catering company that has contracts with the MTS Centre, is being investigated for a video in which he kicked a dog.

Desmond Hague is seen in a surveillance video shot in a hotel in downtown Vancouver kicking a dog, before dragging it by its leash.

In a statement to Global News, Hague admitted to being the man in the video, saying he was deeply embarrassed and he apologized to the owners of the dog.

"A minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response," the statement read.

"Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal."

True North Sports and Entertainment, the company that runs the MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Jets, put out a release in response Sunday.

"We have recently become aware of the reports out of Vancouver this weekend pertaining to the B.C. SPCA's investigation into Mr. Hague's behaviour, which we find to be deeply disturbing," the release stated

The company will wait until an investigation by Centerplate is finished before commenting further, the release stated, adding the incident does not reflect the Centerplate workers at the MTS Centre.

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