YouTuber Brooke Houts, who was being investigated for hitting and spitting on her dog last month, will not be charged with animal cruelty, says the Los Angeles Police Department.
A spokesperson for the LAPD told Buzzfeed that the case against Houts is officially closed and that the Animal Cruelty Taskforce determined “there was no crime” to charge her with.
“Animal Task Force looked into the matter—obviously they saw the video the public had seen. They determined it didn’t rise to the level of animal cruelty,” police said.
Houts sparked outrage last month when she accidentally uploaded a video of herself trying to “prank” her dog by having him run into saran wrap. On the video, Houts slaps her excited Doberman on the head, shoves him to the ground, and spits on him.
After the video went viral, Houts released a statement on Twitter saying she was trying to train her dog and was not an animal abuser.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf— Brooke Houts (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
“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 behavior is unacceptable,” Houts stated.
“I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape or form.”
There was widespread concern for Houts’ dog, and the LAPD was called to investigate.
What you did is not training or an attempt at training. It is abuse. No trainer would have told you to do anything you did. All you can do to redeem yourself and fix this is get the dog a humane home and get yourself into therapy. I offer to take the dog. @yashar
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) August 9, 2019
While the LAPD is satisfied with their conclusion, social media users are not.
Just wanna remind everyone that #brookehouts is a piece of human garbage— Riley B (@Riley_B_711) September 2, 2019
Okay so Brooke Houts isn't charged for animal abuse, even from what we saw on the videos?— The Han Show (@VCWTheHanShow) September 3, 2019
— Priscila A (@Priscila_A_a) September 3, 2019
— Grace Daniels (@Iam_grace16) September 3, 2019
— david ?? (@realDavidOnline) September 3, 2019
No word on whether Houts will be returning to YouTube anytime soon.