The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a YouTuber after she posted an unedited video that appears to show her abusing her dog.
Brooke Houts, who has more than 334,000 subscribers, appears to smack and spit at her dog. According to reports, the unedited video was posted by mistake, and it was soon removed from the platform - but not before going viral.
Since the release of the video, animal rights charity PETA has contacted YouTube to urge the platform to remove Houts, saying dogs deserve respect and shouldn't be hit.
Houts published a statement on Twitter apologizing to 'anyone who has been affected negatively by the footage', saying that on the day the video was filmed, 'things in her outside life have been less than exceptional'.
She added: "The bubbly, happy-go-lucky Brooke that you often see in my videos is typically an accurate representation of me, but it's obvious that I'm playing up my mood in this video when I'm clearly actually frustrated...That being said, this does NOT justify me yelling at my dog in the way that I did, and I'm fully aware of that. Should I have gotten as angry as I did in the video? No. Should I have raised my voice and yelled at him? No.
"However, when my 75lb Doberman is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behaviour is unacceptable. But I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him...I want to clarify that I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form."
A statement from the LAPD said: "Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter."