LEE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News is learning graphic and disturbing details in an animal cruelty case out of Miami that has ties to Lee County.
The Miami-Dade Police arrest report accuses Miami woman Sara Zamora of taking part in pornographic fetish videos involving animal torture. She faces 8 counts of animal cruelty. She was already in jail for other crimes.
But that arrest report also lists Adam Redford of Lee County as her co-defendant. He has not been arrested in the case at this time. The report says those videos were allegedly produced at Redford's former Miami home.
WINK News has learned Redford was arrested in Lee County on similar charges in 2013. An arrest warrant accuses Redford of causing death or excessive pain to rabbits out of his Estero home. Court records show he took a plea deal and was given probation.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott says it was an odd and unusual case. "We did what we could to investigate it. It was in a remote location so surveillance was difficult for us to get him caught in the act but when we served the search warrant we found quite a bit of evidence." The sheriff says he received a tip directly about that case in 2013, with video to back up the claims. "These are defenseless animals and for further concern there is a market for this. He wasn't doing it for himself, there is a market for this or they wouldn't be doing it. But it's unusual. It's not the type of case we deal with on a regular basis, thank goodness. I think most people would hear something like this and be outraged. Most are animal friendly and sympathic to animals so this is just ridiculous."
PETA- People for the ethical treatment of animals, tells WINK News it learned about these graphic videos in 2012, and called Redford the producer of the graphic content. "He was the apparent producer of these videos but there were a number of female models committing cruelty to animals on film, unfortunately for the sexual gratification of viewers," says Stephanie Bell, PETA's cruelty casework director.
She says Zamora is the first of what they hope will be many models arrested for their alleged roles in the videos."It is very disturbing, the suspect's actions are depraved and sadistic. And the perpatrators have shown zero compassion, empathy, or concern."
Bell adds this case first came to them through a tip from a community member, so if you ever see signs of animal cruelty, either in person or online, contact law enforcement immediately.