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YouTuber Under Fire After Accidentally Uploading Video Assaulting Dog

After accidentally uploading a disturbing video in which she hits, spits on, and pushes her Doberman, Sphinx, YouTuber Brooke Houts is being investigated by police for possible animal abuse.

Houts, who has nearly 34,000 subscribers, shared the video clip on Tuesday. Warning — it’s difficult to watch.

In the clip, Houts tells viewers that she is trying to prank her dog by having him run into saran wrap. Quite frankly, having your dog run into saran wrap is enough abuse for me, but it gets worse.

Sphinx clearly just wants to play with Houts, but she gets visibly mad that he’s messing up her shots. As he excitedly jumps into the frame, Houts slaps him on the head. Then, she shoves him to the ground and SPITS ON HIM.

The video went viral across social media, with viewers expressing their outrage.

 

Houts took to social media with an “apology” and “explanation.”

“I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape or form,” Houts wrote.

“Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that.”

I don’t know what “true animal abuse” means, but it reminds me a lot of when Rep. Todd Akin used the phrase “legitimate rape” back in 2012 in a completely bonkers reproductive health discussion.

Houts continued, “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.”

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An aside: I volunteered in animal rescue for five years, fostering dogs and also working with them in the shelter. Under no circumstances do you ever discipline a dog by slapping, shoving, or hitting the dog. There is no dog training philosophy that encourages that kind of reaction. That’s just straight up Houts taking out her frustration on the dog.

The LAPD Animal Cruelty Task force saw the video, and is “currently looking into this,” a department representative told BuzzFeed News. “LAPD is aware of this incident […] there is an open investigation.”