Kurt Zouma: West Ham central defender charged with animal welfare offenses

Kurt Zouma arrived in court on Tuesday charged with three offenses under the Animal Welfare Act after a video surfaced in February of him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat.

The West Ham defender will appear at Thames Magistrates Court alongside his brother Yoan for a first hearing.

Yoan Zouma is alleged to have filmed the incident and is charged with two counts of aiding, abetting, advising or procuring Kurt Zouma to commit a crime.

Kurt Zouma is charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on February 6 of this year by kicking it in the abdomen and hitting it in the head.

The 27-year-old French international is also accused of failing to take reasonable steps to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease.

Two cats belonging to Zouma are still in the care of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

West Ham fined their player in connection with the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and abroad.

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