Brooke Houts, a YouTuber now universally known for willfully uploading a video that depicted her smacking, shoving, and spitting on her dog, issued an apology after the abuse. There was little she could say to explain what she was doing to her doberman in the video, but she tried.
Houts, a YouTube star with more than 330,000 followers (it appears she’s lost about 8,000 in the past few days), inexplicably posted a video of a prank she planned to pull on her dog, Sphinx. The uproar in response, however, had nothing to do with the prank. Instead, it had everything to do with how Houts treated the dog, from forcing him to the ground to slapping him across the head. She had been known to post many videos starring Sphinx as a main topic of discussion. Now, all that content is being questioned, with the audience receiving an inside look as to how she may have been treating her doberman all along.
In her apology letter (via: TMZ), Houts denies some of her actions, while admitting to others that she’ll take responsibility and get training for her dog. However, at the end, she thanks those who brought up the issue of dog abuse in light of her video; she writes some other lines that negate that sentiment entirely. For instance, she wrote, “My dog, in no way, shape, or form was hurt by any action that I displayed in this video.” Though the dog wasn’t whimpering, slapping a dog – or anyone for that matter, human or animal – in the head is indisputably a hurtful action. She also said that she was in a bad mood that day and that it does not justify her actions, which would lead one to wonder why she even brought it up in the first place.
Houts vows to act differently in the future, saying, “I know I’ll be in many future situations where he’s being physical, but I will not respond this way again.” Of course, Sphinx wasn’t the one being physical from what was shown in the video. She may have gotten that one reversed. She mentioned that she deactivated her Twitter as a result of an influx of personal attacks. In response, she said in closing, “I hope you give me the chance to prove that these statements about myself do align with my actions.”
The lengthy apology further proves why Houts should not be a dog owner. She doesn’t appear to understand the definition of abuse. Houts can still be a YouTube content creator, but perhaps next she can talk about the dangers of animal cruelty and what she has learned from her past.
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