YouTube star Brooke Houts is being investigated by police after dog abuse video

As the internet continues to be outraged by YouTuber Brooke Houts’ behavior toward her dog in accidentally uploaded footage, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed it’s investigating her.

The same day that it came to light that Houts had posted footage of her slapping, forcefully pushing, and apparently spitting on her pet, Sphinx, the LAPD told the Verge that “our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter.”

Houts accidentally uploaded unedited footage of her trying to create a vlog with her pet. But she became frustrated with his playfulness, and the YouTuber who has about 334,000 subscribers (she’s lost about 6,000 subscribers in the past day or so) began hitting him.

In the aftermath, Houts—whose YouTube channel is littered with videos about Sphinx and about how they live together—released a statement on Twitter denying that she abuses her dog. She’s since deleted her video showing her playing the plastic wrap prank on Sphinx. That shoot is where the unedited footage came from in the first place.

In her statement, Houts said, “Anyone who knows me personally knows I have an immense love for animals, including my own. I would never do anything to purposefully physically or mentally harm any animal. Again, I should NOT have yelled at him or as been as physically aggressive as I was, and I’m fully aware of that. He was not hurt, nor has he ever been physically hurt by me. I know I’ll be in many future situations where he’s being physical, but I will not respond this way again.”

Houts also denied spitting on her dog and said she was sorry for acting “aggressively” toward her dog and that she is “NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape or form.”

Later, she thanked her fans for her support in a tweet that was severely ratioed.

Houts did not respond to multipole Daily Dot requests for comment, and YouTube did not immediately answer a Daily Dot question about the status of Houts’ channel.

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Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.