Model in Miami-Dade animal torture porn case granted bond
04/16/2014 6:43 PM
04/17/2014 9:54 AM
A second adult fetish model was arrested Wednesday for her role in a series of porn videos that Miami-Dade police say depicted the decapitation of chickens and deaths of other barnyard animals.
Stephanie Hird, 29, a South Florida native who lives in Arkansas, was arrested while trying to board a plane at Miami International Airport, police said. She was charged with five felony counts of cruelty to animals.
Her arrest comes less than two weeks after authorities charged another model, Sara Zamora, 28, with eight felony counts of animal cruelty for allegedly decapitating chickens and beating rabbits as part of an animal torture sex fetish video, a story first reported by The Miami Herald.
Hird is accused of similar acts. She is alleged to have crushed live fish with “her hands and feet,” according to an arrest warrant filed in court. “The fish struggle and gasp while slowly being crushed to death on an ice cooler. Ms. Stephanie Hird exposes her crotch area and talks to the fish about the killing while they are being crushed.”
A judge on Thursday granted a $7,500 bond and ordered Hird to stay on house arrest with her family locally. Appearing via video from the jail, Hird protested that the alleged crimes are too old to be prosecuted.
“They’re outside the statute of limitations,” she told the judge.
Investigators say Zamora and Hird did videos for Adam Redford, a South Florida fishing boat captain who produced so-called animal “crush” videos, which feature actresses killing animals while engaged in sex acts with themselves or others.
Detectives from Miami-Dade’s agricultural unit learned of the video clips, on a website called “SOS Barn,” from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Redford, of Lee County, has been listed as a co-defendant in the case but has not been arrested. He recently concluded probation for similar misdemeanor animal cruelty charges there.
Last year, deputies arrested Redford for a rabbit-killing video filmed on his Estero property. The Naples Daily News this week reported that in the video, a woman – at point-blank range – shoots two tied-down rabbits with an air rifle. The bleeding bunnies squealed and squirmed before dying of their wounds.
In Lee County court documents, Hird was named as the woman who shot the rabbits, though she was never charged.
In the Miami-Dade case, Hird is also accused of attacking rats, according to an arrest warrant filed by prosecutor Jason Pizzo and Detective Mario Fernandez.
The model is also alleged to have shot a rat repeatedly while the animal is “in obvious pain.” According to the warrant, she then sets fire to a pile of the mortally wounded animals.
In Zamora’s case, gropes a man’s genitals with her left hand while “repeatedly cutting a chicken’s neck using hedge clippers with her right.” In others, she posed “in a sexy outfit” after hacking off the head of another screaming bird, or she beat chickens to death with a wooden stick. She also karate-chopped the necks of several rabbits as they howled in pain, police said, then admitted to killing them.
Hird, who also performs online pornography under the name Megan Jones, openly flaunts other fetishes, including feet tickling and bondage. She was in her hometown this week for work, openly accepting fantasy fetish sessions, according to online social media profiles.
She could not be reached for comment. It was not clear if she had an attorney.
On Hird’s Facebook and Instagram pages, complete with photos, the raven-haired model offers wrestling and “fantasy boxing” sessions.
“Are you in touch with your darkest fantasies? Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them,” she wrote on her public Facebook page in February. “I have. I am f***ing crazy.”
On her Instagram account, Hird once posted a photo of her with Zamora, “#PartnersInCrime.”
Hird sets her rates high because of her experiences as a “reputable model, agent and producer,” according to a bio on Model Mayhem, the same website used by Zamora, who went by the moniker Gloria Shynez.
Hird also appeared on a show called Strange Sex on the TLC cable network. In the episode, Hird films a special-effects laden video for a man who yearns to be manhandled by a “giant” woman, a fetish seemingly inspired by the cult film “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.”
“I love being considered a giantess and a goddess,” she told the show. “Guys love being overpowered. They like being controlled. They like, you know, a woman being in charge, like she should be.”
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