Does Kurt Zouma still have his cats as West Ham defender pleads guilty? | Soccer

Composite image of Kurt Zouma and his cat

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act and found guilty (Images: RSPCA/SWNS)

West Ham’s Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty to kicking and hitting his cat.

In February 2022, a Snapchat video surfaced of the Premier League footballer drop-kicking his Bengal cat – with another disturbing clip showing him punching the animal in the face.

He has been charged under the Animal Welfare Act on two counts and is currently on trial at Thames Magistrates Court.

Zouma’s younger brother Yoan, who filmed the clip, has also been charged and pleaded guilty to a criminal offense.

Many will wonder if the cat in the video is doing well and if Zouma’s cats are still in his care.

Here’s what we know.

Does Kurt Zouma still have his cats?

No, Kurt Zouma doesn’t have either of his two Bengal cats yet.

The cats are currently in the care of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RPSCA).

Kurt Zouma's cat in the care of the RSPCA

The RSPCA has released photos to confirm they have Zouma’s cat in their care (Image: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)

On 9 February 2022, West Ham said Zouma had “willingly followed the steps taken in the early stages of the process, including handing over his family’s two cats to the RSPCA for assessment”.

The club also fined £250,000 – the maximum amount – and Zouma apologized.

He said: “I also want to say how sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I want to assure everyone that our two cats are doing great and healthy.

“You are loved and valued by our entire family and this behavior was an isolated case that will not happen again.”

The cat appears happy and in good health (Image: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)
“Our priority is the welfare of the cats,” the RSPCA said in February (Image: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)

The vet who examined the cats said there were “no remaining signs of injury” to the cats upon examination – but added that punches and kicks caused fear or distress.

In his statement, he said: “In my opinion, the force of kicking a cat in the abdomen and hitting the cat on the head, both of which were violent, as seen in the video recording, should have been without I have any doubts that they.” caused soft tissue trauma, pain and discomfort to the cat (or cats) that day, but it is very unlikely that evidence of this soft tissue trauma was found three days later.

Hazel Stevens, who is prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court the cruelty seen in the video was “shocking” and “disgusting”.

Zouma has apologized for the video (Image: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

What happens to Kurt Zouma’s cats?

The cats will not be returning to Kurt Zouma as he signed them to the RSPCA in court.

The animal rights organization said the cats “will soon start looking for a new home.”

This means that they could very well be ready for a new home in the near future.

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