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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A Miami Beach club has lost its license and a criminal case may come from a stunt involving a horse.

Authorities have since located the horse and deemed it to be “healthy and safe.”

At the Mokai club late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, a horse carrying a man and a woman in a string bikini, was lead into the crowded nightclub.

“It’s a horse, a real horse,” a woman’s voice can be heard to exclaim on a cell phone video.

Ixamar Palumbo posted a video on Facebook which showed the horse’s entrance.

The white horse, out of its element and appearing uncomfortable, took a nasty spill on to the club’s hard floor, and knocking the woman off its back.  People could be heard screaming, stunned as the animal struggled to get back on its feet.

The handler then tries to maneuver it out of the crowd.

Joel Franco also posted a video of the fall on Twitter.

The video reached Miami Beach police who issued a statement which read, “We are very concerned over the allegations. As such we have launched a joint investigation with Miami Beach Code Enforcement.”

Later Friday, cops doubled down.

“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.

On social media, one angry poster declared “shame on you Mokai, #AnimalCruelty.”

CBS4 News reached club owner, Roman Jones, by phone.  Jones denied any part in the incident with the horse.

“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 told CBS4’s Gary Nelson.

Camel at Mokai (Source: Instagram)

But the incident involving the horse this week may not have been the first time the club has employed live animals to entertain it’s clientele.

Viewers sent CBS4 social media photos that on one occasion purport to show a camel being lead through the place, and another photo of a different horse in the club, with the name Mokai painted on its coat.

Painted Horse at Mokai (Source: Instagram)

Late Friday afternoon the Beach revoked Mokai’s license.  Mayor Dan Gelber called the incident with the horse this week a “vile” act of animal cruelty.

“I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take,” said City Manager Jimmy Morales. “This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”

“Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “I fully support the immediate actions taken by the City Manager and his staff to ensure that this is remedied quickly.”

Comments (28)
  1. Ron Cole says:

    We this a Dim’s club the critter would have been a blue ass*.

    * ass: donkey for you censors, censorettes, and censor-its.

  2. Studio 54 – back in the day

  3. Tom Gimm says:

    Insurance rates just went up a tad.

  4. A different slant to the old phrase ” *#$@ you and the horse you rode in on”

  5. Jack Inmanz says:

    Hmmm. A donkey show gone bad.

  6. @ Ron Cole – The common words we and were represent wholly different concepts, thus they are not interchangeable. Embrace English…or get out, stupid.

    1. The words Ron spoke were using a rural southern dialect in an attempt at humor. It may not be perfect English, but people do speak that way. Hope this explains things.

  7. BA DeMonte says:

    Glad the horse didn’t get injured, if the people did they deserve it for this stunt. That’s the fastest way to go out of business I’ve ever seen.

  8. “The horse was unavailable for comment, but his lawyer did not rule out a lawsuit.”

  9. Bob Bronson says:

    What kind of a bimbo gets in a horse in a bar? That’s a rhetorical question.

    1. A better question may be what sort of adult man cannot discern the simple words in and on? You inept clod.

  10. Robert Lewin says:

    As Juvenal stated, in the end all the people want is Panem et Circenses. Welcome to the Machine.

  11. That is it?? What a bunch of wimps, The woman barely fell off and no one was injured..

  12. Rob Rothe says:

    What next?!? Cat juggling?

  13. Promiscuous sheep might have been a better choice.

  14. Frankie Crocker rode a White Stallion into Studio 54….gees…I was working at WBLS and I was there!

  15. Tom Bright says:

    Should be “led,” not “lead.”

  16. Laura Fisher says:

    A guy got shot and killed at Mansion in 2014… but where were Beach officials then? How come they didn’t shut down Mansion? Guess a horse matters more than a homicide.

  17. Chuck Yates says:

    Liberals are disgusting and sick.

  18. I guess now they will quit horsing around.

  19. Bang Stick says:

    Oh please, the horse obviously slipped on the floor……should have had rubber mats for the horse to walk on. The horse was rather calm, really. No harm…no foul!!

  20. Tom Conces says:

    Florida where they take immediate action to protect a horse BUT take no action to save lives of children in schools. INSIDE OUT

  21. What’s the problem? They were just horsing around..yuk yuk