In the videos that have been shared online, Brooke Houts can clearly be seen yelling and hitting the dog. She also spits at the dog for not listening to her.
Popular YouTube star Brooke Houts, who recorded a prank video about her dog, will now be subjected to an investigation by the police for possible animal abuse. This comes after unedited footage that clearly shows her hitting, yelling and spitting on the dog was accidentally uploaded online, reports People. In the clip, that has now been deleted but has been saved by others, Houts can be seen telling her subscribers that she’s trying to prank her pooch — a Doberman named Sphinx. She planned to do the plastic wrap challenge with Shinx. When the dog excitedly jumps into the frame, Houts grows visibly angry and reprimands Sphinx by slapping him on the head.
She continues to reprimand the dog in the clip by yelling, “Stop!” and shoves him to the ground. She then clearly appears to spit on him. The same video shows Houts shouting at the poor dog, asking him to "lay down". The Los Angeles Police Department said, “We are aware of the incident. Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video and we are currently looking into the matter.”
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf— b (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
Hours after removing the video from her channel, she uploaded an edited version of the video, but she took that down as well, amidst severe backlash. One user took to Twitter to write: We don’t give a rats ass about you “raising your voice” to your dog. It’s you kicking and SPITTING on your dog like a white trash hooker. God damn, just give him a better home. I have shit in my life too but I don’t spit in my sons/dog's life. You suck.
As someone who works with dogs every day; including highly energetic & aggressive dogs, from the bottom of my heart I can honestly say I have never thought of doing any of the disgusting things you did in this short video. From the hatred in your eyes I know you’ve done worse.— Lt. Dan’s Legs (@Elli_Klosiewski) August 8, 2019
With all the backlash she'd been receiving, Brooke Houts took to Twitter to apologize for what she'd done. “Anything I say isn’t going to make those believe I’m a bad person stop believing that, and I’m aware of this. I apologize to anyone who has been effected [sic] negatively by the footage,” she wrote in a statement. Houts then went on to address the footage, explaining that leading up to the release of the video, “things in my outside life have been less than exceptional.”
“I am not going to play the ‘victim card’ or anything of that sort, but I do want to point out that I am rarely as upset as what was shown in the footage. The bubbly, happy-go-lucky Brooke that you often see in my videos is typically an accurate representation of me, but it’s obvious that I’m playing up my mood in this video when I’m clearly actually frustrated,” Houts continued, adding that she is not trying to “justify” her behavior.
I love that she thinks her dog is the one that needs training. Your dog is being a dog, you were being a piece of shit human being. And now you’re upset because you’re caught. You put that shit out there for everyone to see and you’re SURPRISED at the backlash???— Morgaine Ryan (@dirty_jers_) August 8, 2019
She added, “Should I have gotten as angry as I did in the video? No. Should I have raised my voice and yelled at him? No. However, when my 75 lb. Doberman is jumping in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behavior is unacceptable.” She then admitted, “But I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him."
You're a disgusting fucking person who shouldn't even be allowed near a dog, stfu with your fake ass apolagy cunt because we all know it's bullshit. You played yourself so just take the L and fuck off, You wouldn't have apologize if you were never caught.— Kane (@KaneSpies) August 8, 2019
“I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape or form,” Houts wrote, adding “Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that. My dog, in no way, shape, or form was hurt by any action that I displayed in this video.” She then wrote, “Again, I should NOT have yelled at him or have been as physically aggressive as I was, and I’m fully aware of that."
You are a an animal abuser we’ve all seen the evidence, your ‘apology’ which even attempts to blame the dog shows nothing but a dark heart inside an ignorant being. Give that dog to a good home faster than you can think about it. Hand over all pets and don’t ever have a child.— Layla Anna-Lee (@Laylaloves) August 8, 2019
Houts went on to claim that she and her Doberman have a “loving relationship,” writing, “All he wants to do is be by my side, cuddle with me, and be around me, which I love.” She then added, “My love for him is exponential and infinite, and I do everything I can in my day-to-day life to ensure that he is living as happily as he can. I’m sorry that my actions in that particular moment did not reflect that." Houts ended the note by asking her fans to “give me the chance to prove these statements about myself do align with my actions.”
To train a large and typically ‘aggressive’ dog DOES include discipline yes, but to hit the dog so harshly after jumping on you, and then going AFTER HIM once you did so was despicable in itself. And then to see you SPIT on him was fucking revolting in one of the highest forms.— Toasty🤠 (@AlyciaCruz2004) August 9, 2019