YouTube star Brooke Houts has been denounced by her followers after she accidentally uploaded a concerning video, which shows her hitting, seemingly spitting on and yelling at her dog.
In the clip, which was shared on her channel on Tuesday and has sparked an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Houts tells her subscribers that she’s trying to prank her pooch — a Doberman named Sphinx.
When the dog excitedly jumps into the frame, Houts grows visibly angry and reprimands Sphinx by slapping him on the head.
She continues to berate the dog in the clip by yelling, “Stop!” and shoves him to the ground. She then appears to spit on him.
More footage of the incident shows Houts pushing Sphinx and shouting, “Lay down!”
LAPD tells PEOPLE, “We are aware of the incident. Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video and we are currently looking into the matter.”