French rapper arrested for kicking his dog on Snapchat

French rapper Timal was arrested in Champs-sur-Marne and his two dogs confiscated. PHOTO: TIMALOFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM

BOBIGNY, France - French rapper Timal was arrested east of Paris Wednesday after posting a video on Snapchat showing him kicking a dog.

The clip showed the 25-year-old musician, whose real name is Ruben Louis, kicking one of his two dogs three times around the head, and bore the caption "you moron".

Timal was arrested in Champs-sur-Marne and his two dogs confiscated, prosecutors in nearby Meaux said, adding that he faced charges of "cruelty towards a domestic animal".

Several animal rights groups, including France's oldest, the Society for the Protection of Animals, said they had filed complaints.

The latest high-profile animal cruelty case comes after French footballer Kurt Zouma was in June sentenced to 180 hours' community service by a British court for abusing his cat, which also came to light in a viral video.

Timal first broke through in February this year with Filtre, recorded alongside fellow rapper Gazo and which was No. 1 in the charts for a week in March.

The song has been played more than 52 million times on the world's top music streaming service Spotify, and almost the same number of times on YouTube.

Five days ago, Timal released a new single, Cameleon alongside veteran rapper Booba. AFP

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