LAPD investigates YouTube star Brooke Houts after video shows her slapping, yelling at her dogAugust 8, 2019 0 By Archana Chaudhary
YouTuber and dog mom Brooke Houts is at the center of a police investigation and social media uproar.
Houts, who has more than 334,000 YouTube subscribers, accidentally uploaded a video Tuesday in which she was seen slapping and pushing her dog, Sphinx, on the head, yelling at him, and from the viewer’s perspective, spitting on the dog. Some concerned viewers shared the video on social media prior to Houts removing it from her channel, People reports.
“We are aware of the incident,” the Los Angeles Police Department told People. “Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video and we are currently looking into the matter.”
“When my 75 lb. Doberman is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behavior is unacceptable,” Houts explained in a lengthy apology she tweeted Tuesday night. “REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.”
“I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form,” she emphasized.
Houts insists she did not actually spit on Sphinx and said the dog has never “been purposefully hurt by me.”
“I would never do anything to purposefully physically or mentally harm any animal,” she said.
The apology didn’t go over well.