Lulu and her foal prior to his death. Photos below this point of Lulu may be difficult to view for some.
A Georgia natural horsemanship trainer accused of causing the starvation death of a foal pleaded guilty last month to three counts of animal cruelty. Claude Douglas, of White Oak, is banned from owning or working with animals for two years as a part of his sentence.
Douglas, of Claude Douglas Horsemanship, was indicted by a grand jury in early 2014 on three counts of animal cruelty. Documents state Douglas caused the death of a foal named Major by failing to provide sustenance to the weanling’s dam, Lulu.
After the colt’s death, photos show the mare continued to deteriorate. Douglas was charged with causing unjustifiable pain and suffering to two mares, Lulu and Lena, through his willful neglect.
A Camden County Judge accepted Douglas’ plea and sentenced him to two years probation and fined him $1,000. The defendant is not permitted to consume alcohol or drugs not lawfully prescribed to him by his doctor.
The judge also imposed a Fourth Waiver, meaning Douglas has given up his right to refuse a search by law enforcement. He may also serve some community service — that will be up to his probation officer, according to the judge.
Both mares have since recovered and are in new homes.