YouTube star Brooke Houts is facing backlash online after she accidentally uploaded a video showing her hitting, and then spitting on and yelling at her dog.
The Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating the matter.
"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," the LAPD said in a statement to PEOPLE.
In the clip, the dog excitedly jumps into view of the camera before she yells and him to "Stop!" after hitting him on the head. She then pushes him to the ground and spits on him.
Following the backlash and boycott from her views, she was forced to issue the following apology online:
"Anything I say isn't going to make those believe I'm a bad person stop believing that, and I'm aware of this. I apologize to anyone who has been effected [sic] negatively by the footage," she wrote in a statement on Twitter.
"I am not going to play the ''victim card'' or anything of that sort, but I do want to point out that I am rarely as upset as what was shown in the footage. 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."
She added, "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 75 lb. Doberman is jumping in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behavior is unacceptable."