West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act following February’s incident where he appeared to kick and slap his cat.
A shocking footage appeared in February featuring the 27-year-old seemingly kicking and abusing his feline pet as his brother Yoan, 23, recorded. Yoan, who plays for Dagenham and Redbridge, has also been charged with two alleged offences following an investigation by the RSPCA.
Kurt Zouma, who currently plies his trade for West Ham United, stands accused of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.This relates to separate allegations that he slapped and kicked his cat in the abdomen.
The third accusation is that the defender did not take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of his cat were “met to the extent required by good practice”. Dagenham and Red bridge player Yoan Zouma stands accused of aiding and abetting his brother to commit the offences. The two cats remain in the care of the RSPCA, having been taken in the aftermath of the incident.
West Ham fined their player in relation to the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas