Petland in Marietta Assists in Rescue and Care Efforts of Puppies from Parkersburg Puppy Mill

Marietta, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Petland store in Marietta, Ohio, has announced its efforts to assist in the rescue of nearly 1,000 dogs and puppies from Whispering Oaks Kennel in Parkersburg.

"Both the community and our Petland team members are dedicated to making sure the rescued pets are taken care of and find loving homes," says Freddie Lagnese, General Manager of Petland Marietta.

Petland is holding a newspaper drive as well as offering a 25% discount to anyone who purchases an item for the shelter. Petland is also sending two volunteers each day to the temporary shelter in Parkersburg to help wherever they are needed.

Lagnese has also called upon his vendors for help. Nutro Products is donating 1,120 pounds of dog food and Coastal Pet Products is donating collars, leashes and toys.

Nearly 1,000 dogs and puppies were rescued from Whispering Oaks Kennel Saturday, August 23rd by the Humane Society of Parkersburg after a search warrant was issued by the Department of Environmental Protection. About 60 volunteers have been working in a donated warehouse at 29th and Poplar Street in Parkersburg to restore the lives of the rescued puppies and place them in shelters.

"Petland is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of ALL pets. We want every substandard facility shut down. As such, we continue to be active in investigating breeding facilities and assisting in relief efforts. It's about doing the right thing and setting an example in our industry," said Petland President Frank Difatta.

Necessary items include:

  • Newspaper
  • Towels
  • Monetary Donations
  • Toys
  • Food

For more information, contact Freddie Lagnese at Petland in Marietta at 740-703-7001 or e-mail

The Petland store in Marietta is part of Petland, Inc., a franchise operation with more than 200 quality, full service, retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China and South Africa. For more information on Petland, visit



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