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Will a Dog-Abuse Scandal Sink Stadium Caterer Centerplate?

The food-services provider recently scored the business of new Levi’s Stadium and was growing quickly; can it move on from an ugly CEO scandal?

Less than three weeks from now, the brand new, tricked-out, $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium will at last host its first regular season NFL game, with the home team San Francisco 49ers taking on the Chicago Bears. And it will serve up food provided by Centerplate, a Connecticut-based, Aramark-like caterer for sports and entertainment venues that scored big when it landed the new stadium as a client.

It is unlucky timing for Centerplate to be undergoing an ugly scandal playing out on the viral Web: CEO Des Hague, who has led the company since 2009, was caught on video surveillance abusing a dog in an elevator. The footage, taken from a Vancouver apartment building, shows the food executive kicking a Doberman puppy, then yanking it up by a leash.

Read more: Fortune

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