Brooke Houts, a popular YouTuber, has faced a backlash after a video surfaced of her aggressively handling her dog.
The social media influencer, who has nearly 340,000 YouTube subscribers, has since deleted the video where she pranks her dog by placing cling film over a doorway to see how he’ll react after running into it.
Trigger warning – some of the following unedited video is upsetting.
When she accidentally uploaded the unedited version, one of her followers recorded the footage before she had a chance to delete it. In the video, Brooke is seen to hit, push, and yell “lay down” at Sphinx, her Doberman. She even goes as far as to pin it to the ground as she shouts “stop” then spits on Sphinx.
A Twitter user who goes by the handle @shoe0nhead shared the unedited footage along with the caption:
“People making excuses for this like ‘haha as if you’ve never lost your temper!’ are concerning. 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???”
context: she apparently accidentally uploaded the unedited footage to her channel & luckily someone caught it before she deleted it. the woman uses this dog for clicks and straight up beats it behind the scenes pic.twitter.com/kn3EbxIbdY— CNN are hacks (@shoe0nhead) August 7, 2019
They also followed up the tweet with:
“She was filming a high energy fun video where she PLAYS WITH THE DOG, therefore, the dog naturally thought it was playtime. Yet punches and spits on it in the unedited leak for acting the same way it was acting in the edited version.”
here’s the full leaked video:https://t.co/q18JypkJhF
people making excuses for this like “haha as if you’ve never lost your temper!” are concerning. you dont punch, grab, slap, slam to the ground and SPIT on your pet out of frustration. what would spitting on a dog do???— CNN are hacks (@shoe0nhead) August 7, 2019
Most of the users on Twitter seemed to agree. Ethan Klein, another famous YouTuber commented, “I’m in LA and will literally buy your dog from you name any price, he really does need a new home.”
Im in la and will literally buy your dog from you name any price, he really does need a new home.— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) August 7, 2019
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has even gotten involved:
This is very concerning to see, poor dog 😢 There isn't much we can do sadly as we cover England and Wales only. Please contact the ASPCA as they may be able to help: https://t.co/BMB2JIIFYp— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) August 7, 2019
Following the fallout, Brooke Houts tweeted an apology. In her apology, Brooke claims she’s not an animal abuser, nor did she spit on Sphinx.
She also added that she’s working to get her dog into training:
“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 … 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 I’m clearly actually frustrated. 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. But I want to make it known, regardless of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him. In my heart and from the words of the people that spend the most time with me, I know that I am a great dog mom (but not perfect), that I spoil him in the best ways, that he gets all the treats he could ever want, and that the Amazon Prime mailman is probably tired of delivering packages of dog toys to my house. Again, this does not make my actions in the footage, okay, but I’m just explaining what my day-to-day life is really like, whether you believe me or not.”
After receiving multiple complaints, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the situation. A representative for the LAPD told The Verge, “Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter.”
When are people going to learn to treat their pets with love and respect?