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YouTube vlogger Brooke Houts accidentally uploaded a video depicting her apparently engaging in animal abuse.
Houts was slammed after posting the video, appeared to show her hitting, spitting on, and shoving her Doberman, named Sphinx.
According to Entertainment Tonight, she appeared to have uploaded the video by mistake before deleting it and putting up a new, edited version of the video.
The video featured the dog running through an open door covered in saran wrap as a prank.
DOGS DESERVE RESPECT. IF YOU CAN’T TREAT DOGS WITH KINDNESS AND INSTEAD HIT THEM, DON’T GET ONE.
— PETA (@peta) August 7, 2019
Later, she released a statement on Twitter and said she “not a dog abuser.”
“I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form. Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that,” she wrote. “My dog, in no way, shape, or form was hurt by any action that I displayed in this video.”
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) August 7, 2019
“I want to make it known that regardless of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him,” Houts added.
She has about 338,000 YouTube subscribers and has generated millions of views.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf
— b (@brookehouts) August 7, 2019
Animal welfare group PETA issued a statement about the matter, saying that people who upload videos or photos of themselves abusing animals should be permanently banned from platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“One day of outrage before the public moves on to the next scandal isn’t enough to stop streamers from hurting animals,” PETA’s Vice President Joel Bartlett wrote, according to Entertainment Tonight. “These people need to know that they’ll no longer get the ‘likes,’ followers, and subscribers they’re so desperate for if they harm a hair on an animal’s head, and PETA is calling for a zero-tolerance policy for animal abusers across all social media platforms.”