YouTuber Recorded Hitting Dog Avoids Animal Cruelty Charges
YouTuber Brooke Houts has been determined to not have committed a crime by officials, after she accidentally uploaded a video which shows her spitting on and hitting her dog.
The video, released in August, was part of the unedited footage that Houts accidentally shared on her channel. It was reportedly filmed as part of an animal prank video she was producing.
The backlash from fans that followed culminated in the LAPD’s Animal Task Force opening an investigation into Houts. However, the police department did not find sufficient evidence for animal cruelty charges. A spokesperson told Buzzfeed that the investigators had “seen what the public had seen” and “determined it didn’t rise to the level of animal cruelty.”
The YouTuber was allowed to keep custody of Sphinx during the investigation, and denied causing harm to her dog in a recent statement shared on Twitter.
“My dog, in no way, shape, or form was hurt by any action I displayed in this video,” she wrote.
A petition has been started on Change.org to get YouTube to remove Houts’ channel. It currently has over 60,700 signatures.
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