Petco Won't Sell Animals At New Store

By Jenna Hanchard

April 13, 2012 Updated Apr 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM EST

Petco is ready to reopen its doors and recommit to the Southern Tier.

After nearly 100 animals died within the walls of the Johnson City pet store during September's flood, the pet company has made some changes at it's Johnson City site.

Petco Regional Vice President of Operations, John Drew, said,
"In this store, you'll see there is not live animals for sale in this location and in lieu of that we have worked with the foundation to set up the adoption center."

Petco will work with local animals shelters, such as Flutterbyes, to hold adoption events.

The company says they've also updated their evacuation procedures and polices.

"We've dealt with many evacuation situations before but never anyone like this and this was just a completely new and different situation for us overall," said Drew.

Despite highly publicized river flood warnings, Petco says employees did not expect the store would be impacted by September's flooding.

Employees failed to save nearly 100 gerbils, birds, and fish.

"The reality of what happened is we did lose animals in the store but through some heroic efforts after the flood waters receded we were able to save the majority of animals including many fish," said Drew.

The company was also able to hold onto some of its employees.

Of the 15 employees, 11 will return to the Johnson City store.

"We are certainly committed to the community we are committed to our associates. No one cares more about animals than the associates in this store."