Youtube star Brooke Houts will not face criminal charges relating to allegations of animal abuse following an investigation by the LAPD's Animal Cruelty Unit.
By, 6 Sep 2019
The public reaction
Houts made her name as a Youtube sensation after she started posting vlogs and videos of her daily life. Sphynx regularly made an appearance, and the channel quickly gained over 300k followers.
But many were appalled by the footage and Houts received a barrage of criticism from other online celebrities and animal welfare agencies.
Youtuber Logan Paul tweeted the following:
"Discipline your animals should they misbehave. I get it. but despite the hitting, the spitting is a totally unwarranted, inappropriate, and vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog."
Animal welfare agency PETA called for Youtube to take action against Houts. They tweeted:
"Dogs deserve respect. If you can't treat dogs with kindness and instead hit them, don't get one. Attn@YouTube: Please remove Brooke Houts from your platform."
Houts denied the allegations from the outset and maintained her innocence throughout the investigation. However, she did release a lengthy statement in which she conceded that some of her actions were unacceptable:
"I would never do anything to purposefully harm an animal...I should NOT have yelled at him or have been as physically aggressive as I was, and I'm fully aware of that."
Police reviewed the footage
A spokesperson from the LAPD told reporters on Tuesday that it would not be pursuing the case any further.
"Animal Task Force looked into the matter — obviously they saw the video the public had seen," said Police. "They determined it didn't rise to the level of animal cruelty."
Much like the UK, the US has strict animal welfare laws. Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces imprisonment and hefty fines.
What do you think? Did Houts get off too lightly? Check out video and decide for yourself.