Brooke Houts, a YouTuber with more than 340,000 subscribers, is now facing major backlash after she accidentally uploaded a video of herself abusing her Doberman Pinscher, Sphinx.
Sphinx has made appearances in her videos before and is known to have a close relationship with Houts. But after watching the unedited footage she posted, many people are finding it hard to believe.
The video was initially supposed to include Sphinx, as Houts planned to do the “plastic prank wrap” on him. But when she became frustrated, she took it out on the dog.
Houts quickly deleted the video on her channel, but not before it was captured and plastered all over social media.
In the video, which you can watch below, you’ll see Houts punching, shoving and yelling at Sphinx. As he jumps up on her for attention, Houts hits him until he’s forced to go into another room. At one point, she shoves him just for licking her face. After yelling at him, you can even hear Houts spit on the dog.
People took to Twitter to express their anger and disgust toward Houts.
“Did this b**** SPIT on her dog, i’m sorry was the grabbing, pushing and shouting not enough for you? this is animal abuse. brooke houts can try to justify this all she wants but it’s abuse no matter what way you look at it,” one user tweeted.
“I’m so friggin disgusted. Brooke Houts abuses her dog for wanting affection. I am so angered by this,” another Twitter user wrote.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the situation.
“We are aware of the incident,” the told PEOPLE. “Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video and we are currently looking into the matter.”
Meanwhile, Houts as since posted a public apology on her Twitter page.
“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 her statement on Twitter.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently:
She went on to explain that things in her outside life have been “less than exceptional, but says this doesn’t justify her actions.
“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 continued.
“But I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.”
Houts ended her apology with the hopes that her fans will give her a chance to prove that she is not the evil person that everyone is making her out to be.