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Friday, October 07, 2022

Kurt Zouma banned from keeping cats for 5 years for misbehavior

LONDON ( Associated Press) – West Ham defender Kurt Zouma was banned from keeping cats for five years on Wednesday and served 180 hours as punishment for kicking and slapping his pet cat in the abuse caught on video. Was ordered to do community service.

The France international received his sentence at the Thames Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

In footage of the abuse that took place on February 6 and surfaced on social media, the football player can be seen kicking a Bengal cat in his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at her and slapping her on the head.

Zouma’s younger brother, Yoann, filmed the cat incident and posted it on Snapchat.

Yoann Zouma was ordered to perform 140 hours of community service in a 15-minute hearing on Wednesday. He is also a football player, and was suspended in February by fifth-tier team Dagenham.

West Ham fined Zuma two weeks’ salary – the maximum possible amount – when the incident came to light, but manager David Moyes has continued to pick the defender to play when he sees fit. Zouma also lost a sponsorship deal with Adidas.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took care of Kurt Zouma’s two pet cats after the incident.

The RSPCA prosecuted the brothers, even though it doesn’t have the power to accuse people.

British law allows organizations such as the RSPCA to use specialist lawyers to prosecute individuals in private, with such cases being heard in court and sometimes taken up by public prosecutors.

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