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Surveillance video shows man attacking small dog

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Shocking and disturbing surveillance video. A man is caught on camera kicking a small dog and yanking so hard on its leash that it lifts off the ground.

That man has been identified as Desmond Hague.

Hague's company, Centerplate, operates concessions at Qualcomm Stadium and the San Diego Convention Center. And now, there are calls for a boycott on all Centerplate products and services.

In surveillance video obtained by Global News, a man walks into an elevator with a small doberman pinscher.

Over the course of the next minute or so, the man can be seen kicking the dog and pulling on its leash so hard the animal lifts off the ground.

The July incident is now being investigated by Vancouver officials where it happened. They have identified the dog's owner as Desmond Hague, owner of Centerplate.

Centerplate is a Connecticut-based catering giant that operates concessions at Qualcomm Stadium and the San Diego Convention Center, among many other venues.

In a statement released to CBS News 8, a company official wrote:

"This is a personal matter involving Des Hague. Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals, and since learning about the situation late Friday night, have reached out to local authorities to better understand the facts and circumstances related to the incident. As this is an ongoing review, we cannot comment further at this time."

We reached out to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA to get their take on this case.

"We take the animal abuse very seriously at the San Diego Humane Society and we will wait to see how Centerplate addresses these allegations."

Spokesperson Kelly Schry says if anything can be learned from this case -- it's for people to be aware of animal abuse and report it when they see it.

"Animals are voiceless - they can't speak up for themselves - they can't defend themselves - that's why we have to be the voice for the animals. So it's really important to report animal abuse and neglect whenever you see it in your community," Schry said. 

The dog, whose name is reportedly Sade, is now being cared for by Vancouver authorities.

Hague, meanwhile has taken down his Twitter account, but did release a statement saying it was "completely and utterly out of character" and that he was "ashamed and deeply embarrassed" by what he had done. He also apologized to his family staff and clients.
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