A YouTuber is facing the wrath of social media users for appearing to hit her pet dog, Sphinx in a video she posted on YouTube. Brooke Houts, who regularly posts pictures of her dog Sphinx on social media accidentally posted uncut footage where she is seen being aggressive around her dog, a Doberman. In the video, she can be seen hitting and holding down the dog down as it runs around her. The video was quick to go viral grabbing the attention of animal rights organisation PETA who accused her of animal abuse. They demanded a shutdown of the YouTube channel. Horrific Animal Abuse! Cat's Leg Amputated After Firecrackers Tied to Paws Burst Causing Severe Injuries (See Pictures)
The unedited footage seems to have been posted in a hurry by mistake. As negative comments started to pour in, she replaced it with an edited "plastic wrap prank" segment which does not show her hitting the dog. As the video went viral, social media users attacked her for the behaviour. Many called her "heartless" and accused her of animal abuse. YouTuber Logan Paul called Brooke's act as "remarkably grotesque" and a "vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog".
Here is The Video That Led to the Outrage:
The video which is currently up on her channel has been downvoted more than 27,000 times and does not include the controversial part. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Animal Cruelty Task Force who also took note of the video told BuzzFeed News, "LAPD is aware of this incident. Animal Cruelty is looking into this, and there is an open investigation." As accusations mounded on her, she addressed her fans saying, "I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape or form. Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that." She apologised to viewers saying that she is a "great dog mom".
Here is The Statement She Released Post the Incident:
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf
— b (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
YouTube has not yet commented on the incident. Some social media users came together to start a petition to save Brooke's dog. The petition titled 'Take Brooke Houts Dog "Sphinx" Away From Her For Animal Abuse' has received 120 supporters. As criticisms poured in, she deactivated her Twitter account. LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force is currently investigating the incident.