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The Mokai Lounge in South Beach, Florida recently gained a lot of attention after a thoughtless stunt involving a horse who is now named Hope. On March 9th, a dancer was led into the crowded lounge riding the white mare, who was clearly terrified by the situation. A video of the panicked, deeply uncomfortable animal slipping on the dance floor quickly went viral and provoked a wave of deserved criticism.

Roman Jones, the owner of Mokai Lounge, was charged with animal cruelty and a threat to public safety. According to the statement from Miami Beach Manager, Jimmy Morales, the club had to pay $12,150 in code violations to the city, and on top of that, it donated $10,000 to a horse rescue charity. Moreover, from now on, it will be strictly just service animals that are allowed in the club.

Jones has since apologized for the reckless incident and admitted full responsibility for it – but he decided to go even further. As announced in an Instagram post, Jones decided to buy Hope and board her at a private barn with fellow horses “where she could be loved, bathed, dewormed, well fed and looked over by a vet.”

The horse will now be able to “live out her days happily” and will hopefully be helping children through therapeutic interaction, since it is something she really enjoys. Jones also pointed out that she has been renamed Hope, “for a new beginning and a happy life in a peaceful environment.”

 

What Hope was subjected to was a sad example of how animals are exploited in the name of questionable human entertainment. However, it is good to see the club owner own up to the extremely ill-advised move and make the effort to “make amends” with the animal that suffered because of it.

All image source: Roman Jones/Instagram

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JOHN PASQUA
5 Months Ago

GOOD TO SAVE THE HORSE.


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Denise
5 Months Ago

ROMAN JONES, RECKLESS IDIOT, owner of Mokai Lounge, was charged with animal cruelty and a threat to public safety. According to the statement from Miami Beach Manager, Jimmy Morales, the club had to pay $12,150 in code violations to the city,

FINALLY,ROMAN JONES, THE RECKLESS IDIOT, saw the light and bought the horse. He boards her at a private barn with fellow horses “where she could be loved, bathed, dewormed, well fed and looked over by a vet. Thanks Roman Jones. Hopefully you will NEVER hurt and abuse animals in your ........ "entertainment joint" again.


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Running Thunder Acres
5 Months Ago

I own 5 quarter horses. I want to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. He paid his fine of $12,500, bought the horse from someone and DONATED $10,000 to a HORSE CHARITY CENTER. That is way above and beyond. I think he is a man of character/honor. Not being a herseman himself he probably didn\'t realize ahead of time just how tramatized the horse would be. If that horse is going to be at a horse charity center he will be getting great care on a regular basis. And to think Hope will now be helping disabled children, it\'s almost like paying it forward. My guess is that Hope probably came from a not so good home to begin with or that owner wouldn\'t have allowed this whole thing to have happened to begin with. Give the club owner a break. He has openly admitted his error and fixed it and then some.


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Patty M
5 Months Ago

I hope he checked out the boarding facility before he just left her there. I also hope he checks up on her regularly. From what he said, it sounds like he just intends to leave here there.


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