YouTuber Brooke Houts will not face criminal animal cruelty charges, reports TMZ. The Los Angeles Police Department has reportedly investigated Houts over a video she posted to her YouTube channel, in which she is seen slapping, shoving, and spitting on her Doberman, Sphinx. She later issued an apology. TMZ states that the LAPD investigation did not find that Houts inflicted cruelty to her dog under a legal, prosecutable definition. Houts will also be able to keep Sphinx. Revelist has reached out to the LAPD for comment.
Still, Houts may not be innocent in the court of public opinion. On social media, people are officially canceling Houts, with many expressing continued disgust at her actions toward her dog.
The investigation stems from an infamous video that she accidentally uploaded to YouTube.
In August 2019, Houts accidentally posted a video of herself abusing her dog, Sphinx. In the video, Sphinx is seen repeatedly entering her filming space; she aggressively shoves him out of the way and appears to spit and scream at the dog (Revelist will not post or link to the video). As expected, the backlash was immediate.
Houts cited the high cost of animal training as a reason why she was hostile toward her animal.
"My family and I are in the process of getting him training," said Houts in her apology note. "The training that I have been looking at is VERY expensive, because it'd have to be 1-on-1 with a trainer … I can't see him getting what he needs from a group training environment."