Authorities say four puppies and a young dog drowned when water from an overflowing north Florida creek flooded an animal shelter.
Bradford County Sheriff's Capt. Carol Starling says the animals were moved to the high end of the shelter as rain from Tropical Storm Debby threatened the Starke area early Monday.
The Florida Times-Union reports officials placed sandbags and dug trenches outside to protect the shelter. But the water rose quickly Sunday night, spilling over the banks of Alligator Creek some 20 yards from the building.
The bull dog mix puppies were part of a larger litter brought to the shelter with their mother. They were waiting to be picked up by a rescue group.
Starling says some 60 surviving dogs and cats have been moved to another location.