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Giant catering company CEO caught on camera kicking puppy

Days after surveillance video surfaced showing him kicking a dog, the CEO of a giant sports catering company was put on probation by his board of directors and ordered to fork over $100,000 to charity.

Centerplate, a multinational catering company based in Stamford, Conn., announced the punishment of Chief Executive Des Hague on Wednesday after an internal investigation.

The board placed Hague on probation indefinitely, according to a company statement. His $100,000 personal donation will go toward the establishment of the Sade Foundation, a soon-to-be charity named after the dog Hague was shown mistreating in the video.

A major catering company in the professional sports industry, Centerplate has contracts with all four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The company does business with nine NFL teams and employs 30,000 employees, according to ESPN.

The scandal has caused outrage on social media among sports fans and animal rights activists alike, with both groups calling for boycotts of Centerplate concessions at major venues.



The video shows Hague kicking a small Doberman pinscher puppy several times in a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel elevator, and then yanking on its leash.

(WARNING: The following video may be disturbing to some viewers)

The surveillance footage surfaced on Canadian news network Global News this past weekend. The outlet says the video was emailed to the SPCA last week and sparked a criminal investigation.

Hague released a statement to Global News saying he took full responsibility for his actions.

"This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed," he said.

Centerplate also ordered Hague to complete 1,000 hours of community service. Hague remains personally responsible for potential criminal charges and fines, Centerplate said in its statement.

Centerplate used to run concessions at Yankee Stadium. The company was bought by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. for about $200 million in 2008. In 2012, Olympus Partners bought the catering company for $550 million.

Hague became CEO at Centerplate in 2009.

—By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen