West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma has been summoned to court for three animal welfare law offenses after he allegedly injured his cat.
The allegations relate to a video that surfaced in February appearing to show the 27-year-old kicking and slapping one of his pets. Kurt’s brother Yoan has been charged with two offences, with both appearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for an initial hearing.
Kurt is accused of causing ‘unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by kicking and slapping a cat’, in breach of Section 4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 . Kurt is also accused of failing to “protect the animal from pain, injury or illness”.
Yoan, 23, who was originally suspended by Dagenham & Redbridge and has not played since late January, is charged with two counts of ‘aiding, abetting, counseling or procuring’ his brother to commits the offense of causing unnecessary suffering to the cat.
West Ham released a statement following news that the RSPCA would be taking legal action against their player which read: “We are aware of the RSPCA’s statement regarding their investigation involving Kurt Zouma.
“Kurt continues to cooperate fully, supported by the Club. We know that Kurt’s cats have been checked by a veterinarian, are in good health and have no physical injuries. For legal reasons, neither Kurt nor the Club will comment further at this time.”
Hammers boss David Moyes said shortly after the incident: “A mistake has been made and there are managers with players who have made mistakes. You want to feel that there is forgiveness and that apologies were made.”