Brooke Houts: YouTuber who abused dog in video is under investigation

Wrong move, Houts. Popular YouTuber and vlogger, Brooke Houts, was seen on video hitting and spitting on her dobberman, Sphinx. And now she not only has to deal with the public, but with the police too! Ironically, Brooke has denied the ‘crime’, saying  she’s “not a dog abuser”.

The backlash is heavy!

Young YouTube star and actress Brooke Houts left a bad taste in the mouths of many, when she appeared to hit her own dog, Sphinx, in a video.

The Youtuber, who has almost 340,000 subscribers uploaded footage of Sphinx jumping up while she tried to film a trick. Guessing this infuriated her, she screamed “no” — before smacking and spitting on the Doberman. The end of the video also showed her forcefully pushing Sphinx away.

This immediately sparked rage from her fans, driving Brooke to take of the video,and delete her Instagram.

In addition, she quickly had to apologize by releasing a statement on Twitter.

“Anything I say isn’t going to make those who believe I’m a bad person stop believing that, and I’m aware of this. I apologize to anyone who has been effected negatively by the footage,” she began.

Houts also explained that things beyond her control had affected her mood that day, hence her actions toward Sphinx.

“On the day in particular that the video was filmed, and actually this past week, 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.”

“REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.
I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form…”, she continued.

“I hope you give me a chance to prove that these statements about myself do align with my actions. All my love, Brooke”, the statement concluded.


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But this did not stop the reactions

People did not take Brooke’s actions lightly, and her statement probably made it worse.

Her tweet attracted more than 71,000 comments; most of which contained vile and insulting language.

“How dare you. How f*cking dare you, that dog needs to be taken away from you and placed into the care of someone else. No bad day excuses this kind of abuse, you absolutely disgust me. Get this animal away from her”, a verified user wrote.

“Hey Brooke, I watched this video and your treatment of this dog was undeniable abuse. The quick way you switched from your fake a**, smiling persona to SLAPPING and SPITTING ON your dog is f*cking disgusting. I can only imagine the abuse he’s endured in all your unedited content”, another wrote.

And it went on and on. But prominent of all the reactions is one from fellow YouTuber,  Logan Paul. Logan is well-known for comedy, but he sure didn’t have a good laugh from this one.

“Discipline your animals should they misbehave. I get it. But despite the hitting, the spitting is a totally unwarranted, inappropriate, and vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog”, he added to his thread

Animal activists and the POLICE got involved

Things have since gotten worse for Brooke, after several animal activists, and eventually the police took an interest.

For instance, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) tweeted at YouTube to pull down Brooke Hout’s account.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), also told Newsbeat BBC that “the footage is really upsetting to watch and a completely ‎unacceptable way to react to your dog or to train your dog”.‎

‎”Use of aversive training methods, such as pinning dogs down, can cause pain and distress.”‎

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty team have also claimed to be investigating the issue.

“LAPD is aware of this incident. Animal Cruelty is looking into this, and there is an open investigation,” a representative for the police department told BuzzFeed News.


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