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Centerplate executive Desmond Hague was seen on an elevator security cam kicking a puppy and yanking on its leash. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Centerplate executive Desmond Hague was seen on an elevator security cam kicking a puppy and yanking on its leash. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash.

The Stamford-based company, which caters to several professional sports venues, announced Tuesday the resignation of Desmond Hague, who admitted last week to mistreating the dog. The company said it doesn’t condone or overlook animal abuse and the board chairman apologized for any distress caused anyone.

Hague said in a statement that he is “ashamed and deeply embarrassed” by his actions, caught on camera in the elevator of a downtown building in Vancouver, British Columbia. He said he was frustrated at the time. He also apologized.

The company says Chris Verros was appointed acting president and CEO.

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