Kawartha Lakes farmhouse collapses as woman and son lay in basement with dog having puppies

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This farm on Royal Oak Road near Manila was hit by an apparent tornado on July 15, 2021. Carey Stacey and her son Owen were in the basement helping a cocker spaniel give birth to puppies when the house crashed. collapsed, trapping the two in the basement. (Photo courtesy of OPP)

A woman and her son – along with a mother cocker spaniel and her puppies – are lucky to be alive after a tornado hit a Kawartha Lakes farm on Thursday afternoon (July 15).

Carey Stacey and her son Owen were in the basement of the house, located on Royal Oak Road near Manila, when the weather hit.

According to a public Facebook post from Carey’s mother, Lynn, who founded the cocker spaniel breeding business Double L. Spaniels with her husband Len, Carey and Owen were in the basement tending to a cocker spaniel who had a litter of puppies.

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“A wall or part of the ceiling collapsed and hit Carey hard in the head and covered her in rubble,” Lynn written on the Double L. Spaniels Facebook page. “Fortunately, Owen was not injured. He dug it up.

Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police were called to the farm just after 4 p.m., but downed trees made the road impassable for emergency vehicles, according to a police news release.

Officers walked out to check for “trapped individuals”, the news release said, while emergency crews cleared the roadway of debris to allow access to the scene.

When police and emergency crews were called to the farm, downed trees made the road impassable for emergency vehicles until they were cleared.  (Photo courtesy of OPP)
When police and emergency crews were called to the farm, downed trees made the road impassable for emergency vehicles until they were cleared. (Photo courtesy of OPP)

Carey was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Lynn’s Facebook post, the storm spared the lives of all the cocker spaniels on the farm, including the mother and her litter of puppies.

Carey’s husband Steve came home from work to find the dogs running around in the fields around the house.

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“He loaded them all into his cattle trailer tonight and they’re all back at Balsam Lake with Len and me,” Lynn wrote.

Lynn asks Double L. Spaniels customers who have reserved a puppy to email her at [email protected] as Carey’s laptop, camera and paperwork were lost in the rubble.

Royal Oak Road remains closed from Simcoe Street to White Rock Road while the Kawartha Lakes Highway Department cleans up fallen trees, police say.

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