Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some animals died in the flooding this week, trapped inside a pet store.
Petco admits that some animals died at the store off Harry L. Drive in Johnson City in the plaza next to Toys R Us. The area was under several feet of water.
Petco does not say how many animals died or what kind of animals they were.
It says animals that survived were later removed and taken to safe locations.
Despite highly publicized river flood warnings on Wednesday, on its facebook page, Petco says it had no reason to expect the store would be impacted by the flooding, even though the Susquehanna River runs not far behind the store.
Petco says a store associate checked the store late Wednesday night and there were no signs of flooding or a flood warning in effect.
It was underwater by Thursday morning.
Petco blames the tragedy, not on the river flooding, but on a backup in the sewage/drainage system.
Village Mayor Dennis Hannon say the company's logic doesn't hold water.
He says the area was inundated by floodwater from the Susquehanna River, and to blame it on a backup in the sewage system is absurd.