Brooke Houts Won't Face Charges Over Dog Video
Brooke Houts, the YouTuber who sparked outrage after accidentally uploading a video where she was seen hitting and spitting on her dog, won't face criminal charges. The 20-year-old owner of the Doberman named Sphinx went viral for all the wrong reasons when viewers saw the video and demanded she be arrested. TMZ broke the story and has been in touch with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). In an update, TMZ spoke to the LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force who told the outlet they have decided not to pursue charges in the case. The news has infuriated many across social media platforms. A petition now exists to remove Brooke Houts from YouTube where she has more than 300,000 followers.
Not only will Houts not face criminal charges of animal abuse, but Sphinx will be allowed to stay with her. This decision has also infuriated many people online who are calling for the dog's removal from Brooke's home.
Brooke responded to the initial backlash by posting a lengthy statement on her Twitter account. It included the following.
"Anything I say isn't going to make those who believe I'm a bad person stop believing that, and I'm aware of this. I apologize to anyone who has been effected [sic] negatively by the footage."
You may read her full statement below.
Here is the initial video that sparked outrage worldwide and infuriated animal right's activists.
News that Brooke isn't going to face criminal charges isn't sitting well with those online. If you look at Brooke Hout's official YouTube page and the comments posted in the community section, you will find countless remarks from those who sought justice for Sphinx. Some viewers pointed out that in the reflection of the video, approximately between 1:10 and 1:20 in the video above, it appears as if Brooke kicked Sphinx.
There is no proof that convinced the LAPD that Brooke actually committed animal abuse, therefore, they don't believe that Sphinx is in immediate harm or danger of staying with Brooke.
What do you think about the LAPD's decision not to press charges against Brooke Houts? Do you agree? Do you think the video demonstrates animal cruelty and abuse?
Are you going to watch or follow Brooke Houts on YouTube? Do you think her YouTube channel should be removed?