The RSPCA has confirmed the defender’s cats were also seized after a clip emerged of the 27-year-old Premier League star attacking his pet at his multi-million pound Essex mansion.
The defender will not take part in this Sunday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.
This follows a huge public backlash after the France international played against Watford last night — where he was booed by BOTH sets of fans.
The footballer, who makes $170,000 a week, has now been fined $339,000 by West Ham.
The club said Zouma had been fined “the maximum possible amount following his actions in the video”.
A statement said: “The player immediately accepted the fine, which will be donated to animal welfare charities.
“West Ham United would like to reiterate their condemnation of Kurt’s actions and make it clear that the matter continues to be treated with the utmost seriousness.”
Zouma was filmed kicking one of his two cats like a soccer ball and knocking it out of the hands of a child in the disturbing footage.
He issued a creeping apology after the film, shared by his brother Yoan on Snapchat, was shown exclusively by The Sun.
The RSPCA confirmed today that they have seized Zouma’s cats.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Both cats are now in the care of the RSPCA.
“Our priority is and always has been the welfare of these cats.
“They have been taken for a check to a vet and will then remain in our care while the investigation continues.
“We are grateful to everyone who has expressed concern for these cats. We were addressing this issue before the video went viral online and are investigating.”
Essex Police said last night they were carrying out ‘urgent inquiries’ into the video — but The Sun understands the force will now drop the investigation.
More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted over the footage and banned from keeping animals.
The Change.org petition, started by Matthew Dixon, read: “Professional footballer Kurt Zouma was filmed horribly abusing a helpless animal.
“He should be prosecuted for his actions.”
Mr Dixon wrote: “Thank you to everyone who signed the petition.
“This ‘man’ can’t be allowed to get away with mistreating this poor cat like this.”
It is understood the clip was filmed at one of Zouma’s properties in the Essex area — but police are set to announce today they will no longer be investigating.
An Essex Police spokesperson said last night: ‘We are aware of a video circulating on social media of an incident involving a cat which members of our communities may find distressing.
“We have recently been made aware that this incident may have taken place in Essex and we are in contact with the RSPCA and urgent inquiries are underway.”
But sources said the case would now be handed over to the RSPCA to deal with itself, despite thousands of people calling for the footballer to be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, lawyers working for the Fondation 30 millions d’amis — the largest animal rights group in France — have contacted prosecutors.
According to the laws in France, French citizens can be prosecuted for criminal acts committed abroad.