Farm house

Kawartha Lakes farm collapses as woman and son were in basement with dog with puppies

This farm house on Royal Oak Road near Manila was struck 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 collapsed, trapping the two in the basement. (Photo provided by OPP)

A woman and her son – along with a cocker spaniel mom and her puppies – are lucky enough to be alive after a tornado hit a Kawartha Lakes farm 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 inclement weather struck.

According to a public Facebook post from Carey’s mother Lynn, who founded the Double L. Spaniels cocker spaniel breeding business with her husband Len, Carey and Owen were in the basement tending to her. 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 on the head and covered her with rubble,” Lynn wrote on the Double L. Spaniels Facebook page. “Fortunately, Owen was not injured. He dug it up.

Kawartha Lakes 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 press release.

The police proceeded on foot to check the “trapped individuals,” said the press release, while emergency teams cleared the roadway of debris to allow access to the scene.

When police and emergency crews were called to the farm, felled trees made the road impassable for emergency vehicles until they were cleared.  (Photo provided by OPP)
When police and emergency crews were called to the farm, felled trees made the road impassable for emergency vehicles until they were cleared. (Photo provided by 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 cockers on the farm, including the mom and her litter of puppies.

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

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

Lynn asks Double L. Spaniels customers who have booked a puppy to email her at [email protected] because Carey’s laptop, camera and documents have been lost in the rubble.

Royal Oak Road remains closed from Simcoe Street to White Rock Road as the Kawartha Lakes Highways Department clears fallen trees, police say.