KURT Zouma’s sick cat kicking video was exposed when a girl his brother wanted to date saw it on Snapchat.
Yoan Zouma sent the video to a potential date
Kurt Zouma pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges todayCredit: AP
His stunned love interest cancelled their date before the footage was shared on social media.
She told the Dagenham & Redbridge centre-back: “I don’t think hitting a cat like that is OK – don’t bother coming today.”
The Sun published the video in February sparking a public outcry.
The court was told both of Zouma’s cats were likely to have suffered soft tissue trauma in the sick attack.
This would have left the animals, which were both signed over to the RSPCA, in “pain and discomfort” and fearful of humans in the future.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens said one cat had been “kicked like a football” causing “unnecessary suffering and fear”.
She told the court Zouma could be heard saying: “I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.”
He also yelled “I’ll hit it, you want a fight” and “Where is it. Where is it?”
The prosecutor said: “Treating family pets in this way does not demonstrate good role model behaviour.
“They both have a position of responsibility as footballers. They are role models whose actions are copied.”
Footage showed the French international chasing one of the cats around his dining room in front of a child as the cameraman laughed.
Zouma also hurled a pair of designer shoes at the pet, which could be seen frantically trying to escape.
In a final clip, he is seen forcefully slapping the cat in the face — and out of the child’s arms.
He continued to play for West Ham following the horror but was booed by away fans and his own supporters.
Gaffer David Moyes said at the time he understood the criticism he faced for continuing to select the France international, admitting what the player had done was “terrible”.
And he defended the player in the wake of the animal cruelty storm.
The manager also revealed the defender is “hoping he is forgiven” after the footage emerged.
Zouma was fined £250,000 – two weeks’ wages – for the attack and issued a grovelling apology insisting his cats were both “perfectly fine and healthy”.
But he was still dropped by sponsors Adidas and Vitality UK following the public outcry.
Ironically, the footballer was listed an ambassador for a charity which protects abused big cats.
RSPCA Chief Inspectorate Officer Dermot Murphy said today: “It’s never acceptable to treat an animal in this way and we were shocked when the video was first brought to our attention.
“What makes this case evening more sad is the way the video was filmed and shared, making light of such cruelty.
“We hope this case will serve as a reminder that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness, compassion and respect, and that we will not tolerate cruelty, by anybody.”
The footage sparked outrage
The brothers both pleaded guilty today
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