CEO resigns Conn. company over dog abuse

CEO resigns Conn. company over dog abuse

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sports catering business Centerplate has announced that its chief executive has resigned following widespread criticism over images from an elevator security camera showing he kicked a friend's dog and pulled hard on the animal's leash.

The board of directors announced Tuesday that Desmond Hague resigned due to what it called his "personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care."

Board Chairman Joe O'Donnell apologized for the distress that many felt and said Centerplate does not condone or overlook animal abuse.

The company said employees, clients and guests spoke out about what it called a "very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances."

A representative of the company did not immediately respond to an email seeking information to reach Hague.

Chris Verros has been appointed acting president and chief executive officer.

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