Fire CEO Des Hague for animal cruelty
  • Petitioned Centerplate

This petition was delivered to:

Olympus Partners
Chase Ormond, Vice President
Olympus Partners
Robert Morris, Managing Partner
Olympus Partners
David Haddad, Partner
Olympus Partners
David Cardenas, Partner
Joseph O'Donnell, Chairman
Centerplate Corporate
Centerplate UK Corporate
Centerplate UK PR
Centerplate ISG
Admiral Capital Group
David Robinson, Board Member

Fire CEO Des Hague for animal cruelty

    1. Erica Perry
    2. Petition by

      Erica Perry

      Vancouver, Canada

September 2014


Des Hague has been forced to resign from Centerplate!

I hope Sade the dog is safe and will find a home where she will be able to live in peace. Animal abuse has no place in our society, and I hope this helps deter future acts of cruelty because there are many terrible acts which are not caught on camera.

I'm thankful for the 190,000 people who signed my petition on and all those who spoke up on social media -- we've had our voices heard and brought some justice to animals.

Des Hague has been identified as the man abusing a defenceless Doberman Pinscher named “Sade” in the elevator of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia. He is the CEO of Centerplate - the catering company who has contracts at BC Place and the Convention Centre here in Vancouver and many other entertainment venues around North America and the UK.

Des Hague issued a statement through his lawyer. But it doesn't sound like there's a whole lot of remorse. He doesn't even call "the animal" by name, and instead focuses on how embarrassed he is to have been caught.

A spokeswoman for the BCSPCA says "The way she behaves certainly gives the indication of fearfulness, and that indicates she has received this treatment before.”

The elevator camera looks to show the Centerplate CEO kicking the dog, yanking on her chain, and even lifting her up by the leash!

Centerplate's Facebook page and Des Hague's Twitter account were both closed down after a barrage of social media complaints.

On Twitter, Centerplate said "In no way do we condone the mistreatment of animals. This is a personal matter involving our CEO that we are currently investigating."

When a corporate CEO is seen on camera abusing a dog, that is not a "personal matter." People who are violent to animals often do not stop there.

Let's compile everyone's thoughts in one place and take a stand against animal cruelty.

Fire Centerplate CEO Des Hague. Animal abusers should think about the implications when caught abusing an animal.

Chase Ormond, Vice President, Olympus Partners
Robert Morris, Managing Partner, Olympus Partners
David Haddad, Partner, Olympus Partners
David Cardenas, Partner, Olympus Partners
Joseph O'Donnell, Chairman, Centerplate
Centerplate Corporate
Centerplate UK Corporate
Centerplate UK PR
Centerplate ISG
David Robinson, Board Member, Admiral Capital Group
Fire CEO Des Hague

Animal cruelty is inexcusable.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Good article about Centerplate's animal abusing CEO

      Erica Perry
      Petition Organizer

      Despite some superficial internal efforts by Centerplate to hope we will forget about Des Hague's animal abuse, we will continue to demand that the company cut their ties with him.

      Questions still remain:
      -Will there be legal consequences for what Des Hague did to Sade, the dog?

      -Centerplate claims a new Foundation will be set up to help animals, but who is involved, is the CEO's contribution just going to be a nonprofit tax write-off, what are the goals, and what justifies all the inefficiencies of starting a new organization instead of supporting existing ones who desperately need help?

      -How will the CEO's self-imposed community service be enforced? What if he doesn't complete it?

      I recently read this Sports Illustrated story which is worth reading and sharing.

      Let's not give up. The CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation abused a dog and many people do not believe this was the first time. We cannot allow Centerplate to have this animal abuser as their CEO.

      Please continue to share the petition, and look for additional updates next week. This is only the beginning until Centerplate does what's right.

      Centerplate's Des Hague should face tougher consequences for dog abuse scandal

      Don't watch it. No matter how many times the link comes across your Twitter feed or gets posted by someone you follow on Facebook, please do not click on it. If you see it atop any story, scroll down without clicking play. It is too hurtful, too disgusting.

    3. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 8 days ago

      No one is allowed to get away with this act of abuse or cruelty in any manner. The poor animal cannot speak for itself and we need to. It is disgraceful to see someone of status doing this when he is supposed to be a leader. He should never own an animal.

    • cheryl lobsiger PENSACOLA, FL
      • 27 days ago

      we can't forget what he did, Sade was his own dog laying in urine with no food and teased by putting her food outside the cage she lived in. His beating of a defenseless dog must not go unnoticed he is not completely gone for the company Centerplate many of us signed the petition to get rid of him. This millionaire is a piece of shit and should be on the end of the leash kicked and hung inside an elevator with some of us who speak for animals. AN EYE FOR AN EYE

    • Halina Kacicki SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      Sade the dear puppy in the abuse needs a safe home and lots of TLC>

      The sick SOB needs a jail cell , and the same treatment he did to the dog. Help the corp see the error of this cretin and boycott the entire company globally until he actually gets it and so do they. The employees do not deserve the hurt he has done to them and the company . So good riddens to bad rubish. Imagine the way he treats people !!! Pray that all abuse stops for children , animals, environment and all of life is sacred. Not abusers,..... put them where they can get help. Hospitals not let out until they get it.

    • greg markoski MARGATE, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      Absolutely NO REASON for this !!! that's MY REASON!!

    • judy cameron POINTE CLAIRE, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Our companion dogs are defenseless, loving, and loyal animals. Anyone that abuses an animal should be criminally charged and publicly condemned by their actions.


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