The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement regarding the ongoing investigation into animal abuse surrounding Des Hague, CEO of AT&T Park's concessions provider Centerplate.
The San Francisco Giants do not condone any abuse of animals, and we were deeply disturbed by the recent news regarding Centerplate CEO Des Hague.
Centerplate management continues to investigate the incident and has taken some immediate steps in response to his actions -- including contributing a portion of its sales to a foundation dedicated to the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver, where the incident occurred.
While we deplore Mr. Hague’s personal actions, it should in no way reflect upon the hundreds of dedicated Centerplate employees who admirably serve our fans at AT&T Park each and every day. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and any further actions taken by Centerplate and the authorities in Vancouver.
After video surfaced of Hague abusing a dog in a Vancouver elevator, the company has placed its CEO on probation.
Centerplate, a Connecticut-based company that provides concessions at venues throughout the United States and Canada, issued a statement Thursday that it is censuring and placing the CEO, Des Hague, on indefinite probation.
“We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals,” the statement reads. “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”
Centerplate said Thursday that as a condition of continued employment, Hague must donate $100,000 to the Sade Foundation, which provides safety and protection for animals in Vancouver, B.C. and the company wants him to serve 1,000 hours of community service to an animal-based organization.
NBCBayArea.com and Giants media services contributed to this report