community members who learned of the barn collapse on Cathy and Roger Whitehead's property Thursday morning has brought some relief to the couple.
After losing the barn, the Whiteheads got more bad news when they learned it is not covered by their homeowners insurance. Cathy Whitehead said that although she and her husband have payed more than $15,000 in the last few years in premiums, their coverage doesn't include losses due to heavy ice and snow on the roof "” believed to be the cause of the collapse. They were told the insurance covers damages as the result of fire, theft and lightning.
Four horses were rescued from the collapsed barn. Miraculously, say observers of the destruction, the animals suffered no serious injuries except for a few scratches. The horses were pulled from the barn by North Stonington firefighters and others who rushed to the scene after the call at 5:50 a.m.
Two of the Whitehead's four horses were rescue animals that were brought to their property, at 182 Cossaduck Hill Road. Cathy Whitehead, not only rescues horses, but is founder and director of Rottie Rescue + Sanctuary, which takes in abandoned Rottweilers.
Friends of the family and many animal lovers who read about the couple's plight have offered their services in providing a temporary home for the horses until the Whiteheads can reconstruct the demolished barn.
The Whiteheads said they had planned to replace the barn's roof in the spring.
Friends have started a fundraiser Facebook page, New Barn Rutt-n-Horse Farm, in support of the couple's efforts to rebuild.
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