A YouTuber with more than 334,000 subscribers is under fire after she was seen in a video smacking, spitting on and yelling at her dog
20-year-old YouTuber Brooke Houts recently uploaded a "prank" video of her dog, a Doberman named Sphinx, in which she apparently forgot to edit out the footage that showed her hitting, shoving, and spitting on her Doberman.
The unedited video of Brooke physically abusing her dog was spotted by one of her subscribers before she deleted the original upload from her YouTube channel.
After the unedited version of the disturbing video went viral, the subscriber who uploaded the screenshot, tweeted to say that Brooke Houts "uses this dog for clicks and straight-up beats it behind the scenes".
"She was filming a high energy fun video where she plays with the dog, therefore, the dog naturally thought it was playtime," tweeted a user who shared the unedited video on his account
However, she punches and spits on it in the unedited leak for acting the same way it was acting in the edited version, the Twitter user said, before calling out those who tried to make excuses for the woman saying other dog owners also lose their temper.
"You don’t punch, grab, slap, slam to the ground, and spit on your pet out of frustration. What would spitting on a dog do?" the Twitter user remarked.
After the footage went viral, Houts took to Twitter and apologised to "anyone who has been affected negatively by the footage"
"Anything I say isn’t going to make those believe I’m a bad person stop believing that, and I’m aware of this," Houts said in her statement, adding that leading up to the release of the video, "things in my outside life have been less than exceptional."
She claimed that during the filming of what she called “uncut footage”, she was upset and had been “playing up [her] mood in the video.”
Despite her actions in the video, the YouTuber added she is not a dog abuser and denied that she spit on her Doberman.
The Los Angeles Police Department has since launched an investigation into Brooke Houts for possible animal abuse, saying they "received numerous complaints" about the viral video
"Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter," The Verge reported an LAPD media representative as saying in their report on 7 August.
In May this year, a YouTuber who tricked a homeless man into eating Oreos filled with toothpaste was sentenced to 15 months in jail and ordered to pay USD22,300: