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PIJAC honors Petland President

(Chillicothe, OH, June 3, 2013) – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council recently honored Petland President Joe Watson for his contributions and leadership to the pet industry.

Watson was presented with the PIJAC Chairman’s Award of Excellence at he inaugural Awards Ceremony during the Top2Top Conference in Napa California in late April.

“Joe is active with the dog breeding community, making significant improvements to the health of puppies and breeding dogs by utilizing market incentives and maintaining close relationships with kennels supplying dogs,” said PIJAC President and CEO Mike Canning. “Joe’s commitment to improving the sourcing of dogs provides the opportunity for Petland, PIJAC, and breeder associations to work together to better the industry. His perseverance in improving the lives of breeding dogs and their puppies is a testament to his dedication to the industry.”

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council provides its members a voice in state and national legislative issues through advocacy and timely information regarding upcoming policy issues that affect the pet industry, pet owners and the animals they care for.

Petland, Inc., founded in 1967, is a franchise operation with full service specialty retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico and South Africa. Petland is ranked among Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500.” For more information on Petland, please visit the company's Web site at