Professional footballer, Kurt Zouma, is facing three offenses under the Animal Welfare Act, for slapping and kicking his cat. Video footage of the incident was posted to Snapchat and it shows the 27-year-old West Ham star slapping the cat in the face and kicking it across the kitchen floor.
Zouma’s brother, 23-year-old Yoan, is reportedly the person filming the disturbing February 6 incident; he is facing two counts of ‘aiding and abetting’ animal cruelty.
After the incident, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) took possession of Zouma’s two cats; the cats remain in the animal-welfare agency’s care. West Ham, the Premier League club that Zouma plays for, fined him two weeks’ wages but allowed him to continue to play.
Zouma has faced harsh criticism from animal lovers who are appalled by his behavior.