YouTuber Brooke Houts is under investigation with the LAPD after recording a prank video featuring her dog, which has caused controversy over potential animal abuse with unedited images showing her hitting the animal.
With over 340,000 subscribers, Brooke Houts has certainly established her place within the popular YouTube platform.
However, earlier this week her subscribers realised she may have released the incomplete version of her “plastic wrap prank on my doberman” video as the unedited footage reveals her hitting, shoving and spitting on her dog.
The 20-year-old appeared to smack the dog, Sphinx, when he jumped at her before appearing to pin him to the floor and spit on him.
When Sphinx later in the video attempted to lick his owner, Houts pushed him out of the way as he had interrupted her filming.
Many viewers went to Twitter to unleash their feelings towards what they believed was a disturbing piece of footage.
umm @brookehouts what in the actual fuck is wrong with you? you know this is animal abuse right? you even spit on your dog? TRASH
— Dustin Dailey ♏️ (@ThreeDailey) August 7, 2019
Brook Houts hits, shoves and spits on her dog on camera.
“I’m not an animal abuser, anyone who’s witnessed true animal abuse can see that.”
Let’s look at it as if it were a human kid. Does it look like true abuse now?
Give me your dog, lass.
— ᴄʟᴏᴠᴇʀ🍀 (@cloverrated) August 7, 2019
We need to get that pup away from her, tweet #BrookHouts with the link to the video. she’s a monster we need to get that pup away from her.
— LittlesauceLegend (@The_Legend0001) August 7, 2019
The current version of the video does not include any of the controversial images. Despite this, comments have been disabled and the upload been has downvoted over 27,000 times.
Earlier footage has still made its way across the web, with controversial YouTuber Logan Paul having his say on the footage: “Discipline your animals should they misbehave. i get it. but despite the hitting, the spitting is totally unwarranted, inappropriate, and a vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog.”
In response to the massively negative feedback, Brooke Hout released a statement via Twitter.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf
— b (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
The viral spread of the footage has meant it has caught the attention of the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force.
“LAPD is aware of this incident. Animal Cruelty is looking into this, and there is an open investigation.”
Many viewers were distressed by the footage they saw and have demanded that Houts be removed from YouTube.
YouTube have yet to comment on the incident.