LAPD investigating YouTuber Brooke Houts for alleged animal abuse - Dexerto

LAPD investigating YouTuber Brooke Houts for alleged animal abuse

Published: 7/Aug/2019 22:31 Updated: 7/Aug/2019 22:36

by Virginia Glaze


YouTuber Brooke Houts is coming under extreme scrutiny, after accidentally uploading an unedited video that showed her hitting and spitting on her pet Doberman Pinscher, Sphinx.

The internet was outraged after watching the offending footage, with top personalities across the net decrying Houts for what they saw as blatant animal abuse – but they aren’t the only ones taking issue with the video, either.

In a statement to The Verge, the Los Angeles Police Department claimed that they are currently investigating the YouTuber’s treatment of her dog, which has since gone viral.

“Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of, and we are currently looking into the matter,” a representative for the LAPD said of the issue.

Houts herself published a statement to Twitter in wake of the scandal, claiming that she did not spit on the animal and had been frustrated at the time of filming, which influenced her actions.

“…I would never do anything to purposefully, physically, or mentally harm any animal,” Houts’ statement read. “…he was not hurt, nor has he ever been purposefully hurt by me.

Despite Houts’ response, many fellow YouTubers were outraged by the video, with even the likes of H3H3’s Ethan Klein, Twitch streamer Valkyrae, and Logan Paul decrying her behavior toward Sphinx.

“I’m in LA and will literally buy your dog from you,” Klein Tweeted toward Houts. “Name any price, he really does need a new home.”

“Discipline your animals should they misbehave,” Paul wrote of the controversy. “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.”

Valkyrae even uploaded a video on the subject, in which she gave viewers a humorous “tutorial” on “How to not abuse your dog.”

“What you want to do is raise your hand, and instead of applying force, you just slowly pat the puppy,” the streamer joked.

This wouldn’t be the first time an internet personality has come under fire for alleged animal abuse, either: Twitch streamer Alinity Divine stirred up controversy after throwing her cat over her head during a July stream, likewise inciting an investigation from the Saskatoon SPCA (which ultimately dropped all charges against Alinity).

Further information regarding the LAPD’s investigation has yet to come forth as of publishing this article.


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 21:09

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.