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Charges dropped against Miami women charged with 'crush video' animal cruelty

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In what People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called a legal "technicality," two women accused of animal cruelty while filming pornographic films referred to as "crush videos," have been cleared of all charges reported the Miami Herald.

All charges were dropped by the prosecution; the women were free to leave.

On April 5, Sara Zamora was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and her friend, Stephanie Hird, 29, arrested on April 17, was charged with five counts of animal cruelty while filming a perverted sexual video entitled "SOS Barn."

The women were accused of torturing small animals, including beheading chickens, and tying down small rabbits and shooting them with an air rifle.

Both women pleaded not guilty, and in one hearing stated they were not the participants or actors in the movie.

According to, Zamora told reporters she was humiliated by the charges, and ten years ago, when this all began she had been manipulated by a much older man because she was in desperate need of money.

As to the technicality PETA referred, the statute of limitations in Florida for animal cruelty runs for five years. Some of the film evidence dates back to 2004, 2006, and 2007.

On Thursday, a Texas woman Ashley Richards, 23, was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of animal cruelty in "crush videos" where she used meat cleavers, knives, and her high heels to torture and kill small animals while performing pornographic sexual acts.

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