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French rapper Timal is arrested for kicking dog in viral video

A French rapper was sent to jail on Wednesday after kicking his dog and posting the video to Snapchat, police say.

French rapper Ruben Louis, popularly known as Timal, is arrested for kicking dog in viral video

Ruben Louis, popularly known as Timal, kicked one of his two dogs three times on the head and captioned the video “you moron”.

Police, who were already familiar with Timal, 25, found him in Champs-sur-Marne and confiscated his two dogs, 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 (SPA) said they had filed complaints.

Ruben Louis is arrested for kicking dog in viral video

It is not the first time a high-profile french national has been charged for animal cruelty, 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 became popular after his song ‘Filtre’ (Filter), recorded alongside fellow rapper Gazo, topped the charts in March this year.

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” (“Chameleon”) alongside veteran rapper Booba.

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