Videos of the incident, which occurred at Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, show the horse panicking and bucking off a woman in a bikini as hordes of club-goers scream and cheer.
The videos quickly went viral and drew massive outrage online. Nearly 3,000 people signed a petition for police to take action against the club.
“I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take,” said Morales. “This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”
According to the order, the incident was determined to be "an actual threat to public health" and "constitutes Cruelty to Animals."
"it wasn’t just stupid — it was really inhumane, and it’s not who our city is," said Gelber.
The club will face a criminal animal cruelty investigation, Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates told reporters.
On Friday night, Miami Beach Police said the horse had been located and was deemed to be "healthy and safe."
The club has not yet commented on the incident, and staff did not immediately respond to request for comment from BuzzFeed News on Saturday.