Houts has since deleted the footage from her channel, but it continued to circulate on YouTube and social media. People reported the footage was accidentally uploaded.Houts, whose channel is a mix of lighthearted lifestyle videos and personal stories, has been inundated with angry messages.Responding to the backlash on Twitter, Houts explained she is in the process of training Sphinx and is “looking at ways to improve” her methods.
To everyone who has been commenting on my social media as of recently: pic.twitter.com/gnxUbfVHdf— b (@brookehouts)
“I am sorry that you guys had to watch that footage and were upset by it, and I’m sorry to my dog for raising my voice and acting aggressively,” Houts wrote on Wednesday.
She also denied accusations that she spit on the pup. Haus stressed she is “NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form” and said Sphinx was not harmed .
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But many people were not buying it.
You spit on your dog dude. He wasn't being aggressive with you, he was being playful.— Crystal Paterson ❄️🍑 (@I_am__Crystal)
You pushed him down to the floor, you raised your hand, pulled, pushed and yelled.
That's abuse. And by the looks of his reaction, it's not the first time. Absolutely heartbreaking to watch.
“You pushed him down to the floor, you raised your hand, pulled, pushed and yelled. That’s abuse," one person responded.
Please get serious help and find someone else who will treat your dog with love & kindness. No dog should be spat on, kicked, pushed to the ground, etc. That is pure ABUSE and your apology means nothing as I’m sure much worse has happened off camera.— Maddie (@itsmaddiejoy)
Added another, “Please get serious help and find someone else who will treat your dog with love & kindness . No dog should be spat on, kicked, pushed to the ground, etc."Animal rights organization PETA tweeted a message asking YouTube to remove Houts from their platform.