Club closed after woman rides horse on dancefloor

The footage posted to social media showed the woman riding the white horse through the crowd before the animal appeared to panic, causing the woman to fall off.

Shocked clubbers are heard gasping and screaming amid the chaos at the Florida venue.

Miami Beach city manager Jimmy Morales has since announced he has revoked Mokai Lounge’s business licence.

Club closed after woman rides horse on dancefloor
Club closed after woman rides horse on dancefloor

It comes after police and enforcement officers launched an investigation after receiving multiple complaints.

No injuries to humans or the animal have been reported.

The moments before and after the woman fell off the horse
Image:The moments before and after the woman fell off the horse

The venue now has the option of appealing the decision. No one from the club responded immediately to news agency requests for comment.

The incident has sparked outrage online with many concerned about the animal’s welfare. A petition to revoke the club’s licence was set up and amassed more than 1,000 signatures within hours.

“People go to nightclubs to have a good time, enjoy drinks with friends, dance and party. This environment is by no means a place for ANY animal or wildlife,” the petition read.

The Miami Beach Police Department said it was “very concerned” after it was alerted to the incident.

It later tweeted: “Miami Beach PD detectives along with @MiamiDadePD’s animal experts have located the horse that was at Mokai. The horse has been inspected and deemed to be healthy and safe by Miami Dade PD.”

The horse was filmed inside the Miami Beach nightclub
Image:The horse was filmed inside the Miami Beach nightclub

In a statement on Friday, the City of Miami Beach said it was “made aware of an incident involving possible animal cruelty and a hazard to public safety”.

Mr Morales said he was “disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take”.

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He added: “This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”

Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber said he “fully supported” the city manager’s decision to revoke the club’s business licence and added: “Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act.”

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