A woman in her underwear arriving on a white horse at a packed nightclub - and being greeted by flashing cameras - didn't go over well with Miami Beach authorities.
It's not clear whether having a live horse in a nightclub would violate Miami Beach code, but it's common sense that horses are easily spooked by loud noises and unfamiliar settings. In the video, the horse is visible scared and falls to the floor at one point. Meanwhile, animal activists and people who generally think having wildlife in the club is a no-go have been tearing Mokai Lounge a new one on Facebook.
Upon further investigation, City Manager Jimmy L. Morales issued an Order Revoking the Business Tax Receipt and Certificate of Use of Mokai Lounge, LLC located at 235 23 Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. They revoked the business's license Friday, sending its owners out to the pasture and possibly making them the target of a criminal probe.
"Last night I noticed a bunch of pictures & videos posted of a horse in a Miami nightclub and it made my stomach sick", she wrote, sharing the footage.More news: Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to 7 years in prison
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"It is inhumane and the definition of animal cruelty".
Miami Beach Police tweeted that they had traced the horse and performed a welfare check. "This is inhumane and deserves serious attention ASAP". Mayor Dan Gelber called the incident with the horse this week a "vile" act of animal cruelty.
"This morning, the chief of police launched an investigation into these allegations", said Miami Beach Police officer Ernesto Rodriguez. Jones denied any part in the incident with the horse.