STARKE, Fla. -

Five puppies died Monday morning after flooding rains swelled Alligator Creek out of its banks and inside trailers at Bradford County Animal Control, WJXT-TV reports.

"The dogs were moving their animals on top of their cages, cats were in their cages trying to survive the flood," Animal Rescue's Supporters of Sheltered Animals' Tracey George told WJXT-TV.

The animals were moved to the Bradford County Fairgrounds on Monday morning and crews tried to salvage what they could from the shelter, but they were not very hopeful if rains and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Debby continue.

They've put out a call for adoptions, and some animal rescue groups have already responded.

Alligator Creek, which runs through a good part of Starke, began rising Sunday night and early Monday morning and became so bad at times that portions of U.S. Highway 301 were closed.

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