VANCOUVER, B.C. - Surveillance video in an elevator of a man seen abusing a dog has prompted a response from the Seattle Mariners.
On Sunday, The Vancouver Sun reported a citizen called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hotline and sent a July 27 video that showed a man kicking the dog in the stomach repeatedly and yanking the leash aggressively in an elevator at the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia.
Court documents said the next day, SPCA officers found the Doberman pinscher puppy in its crate.
The man has not been charged.
A local dog blog reported that the man, who is accused of abusing the dog, is Desmond Hague. Hague is the CEO of Centerplate, Inc., a catering company that does the concessions at Safeco Field. Hague apologized and said the incident was, “completely and utterly out of character.”
The Mariners released a statement about the incident:
"Although we are extremely disappointed in Mr. Hague's actions, we do not believe that this incident represents the corporate philosophy of Centerplate and we do not believe this should affect our long and successful relationship with the corporation."