British animal welfare charity RSPCA has launched an investigation into the French international player after a video of the incident shot by his younger brother, Yoan, surfaced online in February showing him throwing shoes at the his pet cat, slapped him in the face, chased him around the room and kicked him to the floor in what appeared to be a private residence.
During the Thames Magistrates’ Court ruling, Zouma was also barred from owning a cat for five years and sentenced to pay judicial fines of nearly £ 9,000 ($ 11,214).
Yoan was ordered to complete 140 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a count of aiding, abetting, counseling or inducing his older brother to commit a crime under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The RSPCA seized two cats belonging to Zouma shortly after the incident and they have been in their care since February.
“We are delighted that there has been swift justice in this horrific case and our goal now is to match these beautiful cats with the loving homes they deserve,” said Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate of the RSPCA, in a statement sent to CNN after the conference. ‘court hearing.
“This case sends a clear message that animals should never be treated this way, and posting videos of damaged animals on social media for likes is repulsive,” added Murphy.
“This kind of behavior is unacceptable and is not in line with the values of the Football Club,” West Ham said.
“Within 48 hours of the video surfacing, we found Kurt to be the most at the club’s disposal.
“Every single penny of this money is now donated to a number of worthy charities, all dedicated to animal welfare,” the statement read.
In the wake of the incident, Zouma was abandoned by Adidas, one of its sponsors and was reportedly subjected to racist abuse online.