The video was promptly replaced with the intended one, but has since been deleted, after amassing more than 27,000 dislikes and having its comments disabled.
Despite Houts’s best efforts to stop the footage from spreading, it has been making the rounds on social media, with huge Twitter accounts like KEEMSTAR sharing it on the social network.
The footage is fairly distressing, so viewer discretion is advised…
The viral nature of the unedited video proved too much to contain, with it soon garnering the attention of the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force.
A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News:
“LAPD is aware of this incident. Animal Cruelty is looking into this, and there is an open investigation.“
Houts responded to the backlash she was getting with a statement posted to Twitter…
In the statement she said the likes of:
“I want to clarify that 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.”
“In my heart and from the words of the people that spend the most time with me, I know that I am a great dog mom.“
She went on to say that she was in a particularly bad mood whilst filming the prank video, explaining that she’s never usually angry like that and with that in mind, still had to teach her dog not to jump up at her like that. She then denied spitting at him.
None of what Houts said really eased the tide, with the responses still heavily against her…
Your dog flinched when you simply raised your finger. This is a learned behavior of fear of being hit by a human being.
If I raise a hand to my dog, she will walk up and lick it because human hands give treats and pet her.
This wasn’t a one-time thing. You don’t deserve him.
— Thinknoodles 🍜 (@Thinknoodles) August 8, 2019
What’s more disgusting is it’s clear she uses her dog for views yet is completely mistreating him pic.twitter.com/l9PpTb4Wmw
— Alissa Ashley (@alissa_ashleyy) August 7, 2019
People are now demanding Houts be banned from YouTube.
Images via Twitter, YouTube
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