Kurt Zouma's cats seized by RSPCA and West Ham defender fined £250,000

Kurt Zouma’s two cats have been taken away by the RSPCA after shocking footage showed him abusing his pets.

The 27-year-old French defender was filmed dropping, kicking and slapping one of his Bengal cats.

West Ham has also fined him £250,000 – two weeks’ worth of wages – and axed him from the squad for the next game.

In a statement today the animal charity said: ‘The two cats are now in RSPCA care. Our priority is and has always been the wellbeing of these cats.

‘They’ve been taken for a check-up at a vets and then will remain in our care while the investigation continues.

‘We’re grateful to everyone who expressed their concern for these cats. We were dealing with this issue before the video went viral online and are leading the investigation.

‘We continue to investigate so we cannot comment further at this time.’

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