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animal clinic owner dies in horse accident

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 15:44 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The owner of New Prairie Small Animal Clinic was killed in an accident on his horse.

Clayton Younggreen, 55, had other horses and cattle on his ranch at 3063 N. 400 West just outside LaPorte.

It appears he was stomped on after somehow falling off the horse, said LaPorte County sheriff John Boyd.

Buddy Kasinger with LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service said attempts were being made to reinflate his punctured lungs when Younggreen went into cardiac arrest.

Initially, a helicopter was dispatched but when his condition worsened drastically he was taken by ambulance to nearby LaPorte Hospital.

Kasinger said the cardiac arrest was brought on by the inability of his lungs to provide sufficient oxygen to his bloodstream.

The clinic was closed Wednesday because of the death.

Boyd, whose wife is a registered vet-tech at the clinic in the 5400 block of E. U.S 20, knew Younggreen well and described him as a cowboy who often transported mostly cattle to places like Oklahoma.

''Everybody liked Clayton. He was a really good guy,'' said Boyd, who added Younggreen leaves behind a wife and four children.

LaPorte County Coroner Bob Cutler, who also knew Younggreen, said the death was being ruled an accident but the exact medical cause of death was still pending.

''They're top of the line people. I know they're a close family,'' said Cutler.

LaPorte County Police officer Harlan Williams said Younggreen was being carried out of a field when the decision was made to rush him by ambulance to the nearest hospital.
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