One nightclub took the idea of being a party animal a little too literal. A white horse hit the packed dance floor at Mokai Lounge in Miami last Thursday, carrying a bikini-clad woman. The crowded nightclub appeared to spook the animal, as Yahoo! reported, and it threw the woman off its back.
The incident has sparked outrage from authorities. An investigation launched into whether the horse in the nightclub was an example of animal abuse and a hazard to public safety.
“We are looking at this from all angles now. We’re looking at it from a city perspective in terms of licensing, and we’re looking at it from a police perspective in terms of the potential for cruelty charges,“ said Ofc. Ernesto Rodriguez, CBS Miami shared.
A press release issued March 9 reported that the city decided to revoke the nightclub's license.
"I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take," said City Manager Jimmy L. Morales, according to the press release. He issued an order that shut down the club based on a threat to public health, welfare and safety.
"Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act," said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber in the release. "I fully support the immediate actions taken by the City Manager and his staff to ensure that this is remedied quickly."
A Change.org petition called, “Miami Beach Police: Take action for animal abuse in Miami night club Mokai,” also has been circulating with names of outraged citizens. "The question remains as to WHY a horse was let into the doors of Mokai in the first place, but the answer remains the same, ACTION MUST BE TAKEN for letting this happen," the petition starter shared. "Miami is a beautiful and great city where we love to have fun, but we will NOT support animal abuse."
Mokai Nightclub has not publicly commented on its Facebook or Twitter pages. The club's owner, Roman Jones, spoke to CBS Miami and said that the incident was a stunt arranged by the venue's marketing director.
“The horse is not hurt. The marketing director, who arranged the stunt, that I was unaware of, is suspended without pay. I am cooperating with the authorities,“ Jones said.
The current state of the horse has been reported as being well. The horse is described as "healthy and safe."