RSPCA denies Moyes’ claim Zouma will be offered animal welfare lessons after cat abuse and reveals West Ham failed to donate


The RSPCA have denied West Ham or defender Kurt Zouma have made arrangements with them for animal welfare classes following David Moyes’ comments about how the situation will be handled.

The charity also claims the Hammers have yet to offer a donation, with France defender Zouma set to feature again in the Premier League against Leicester City on Sunday despite widespread condemnation over the abuse of his cat.

RSPCA refutes Moyes claim

The RSPCA said in a statement on Saturday that “there have been no plans for animal welfare courses to be undertaken”.

The charity added that they had “not received or accepted any donations” and that their “focus remains entirely on our experienced officers conducting a full and thorough investigation”.

What had Moyes originally said?

“I don’t think any club (West Ham) could have acted faster than they have at the moment. West Ham have done a very good job,” said Moyes.

“I don’t tolerate him, his actions were terrible. They were evil but we chose to play him and we’re sticking with it.

“We are going to help him. We are trying to do everything we can as a club, as a team, to help him.

“Like people who may have drunk driving offences, most of them need to take courses to find out the reasons and the damage that can be done.

“I think the RSPCA are going to give us lessons so that Kurt understands animals and how to treat them.

“He has incredible remorse. Like everyone else in life, sometimes you need a little forgiveness. He hopes he’s forgiven for a bad deed.

“I never had [an incident] like that. As a football manager, it shows that you never know what you’re going to get.

“It’s part of the job. We’d rather not make the news. West Ham have been making very, very good news over the last couple of years.

“We have a very good team. I’m sad that the focus has been taken away from what is, at the moment, a very good season.”

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