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Puppy farms: Sunday Life's brave exposé of cruel dog factory up for UK award

By Tony Allen

Published 15/04/2015

Mr & Mrs Cruelty: How we broke the story of Wilma Little's cruel dog factory in Tyrone.
Mr & Mrs Cruelty: How we broke the story of Wilma Little's cruel dog factory in Tyrone.
Sunday Life reporter Patricia Devlin confronts cruel puppy farmer Wilma Little outside her home in Donaghmore.

Sunday Life's quality journalism has been recognised yet again after making the shortlist for a prestigious UK award.

Our 'End Puppy Farming Now' campaign is in the running for the Making a Difference - People's Choice accolade at this year's Regional Press Awards.

The award highlights the power of local newspapers to campaign for positive change in the communities they serve.

And our year-long, undercover investigation impressed judges so much that we are the ONLY Northern Ireland newspaper to make the exclusive list.

Run in conjunction with the USPCA, our exposé led to a Co Tyrone dog factory being shut down and its owner, cruel puppy farmer Wilma Little, being brought to court.

More than 40 dogs were also rescued from the premises and re-homed.

Our investigation also revealed how the cruel trade was still operating at alarming levels in Ulster.

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen said: "I am delighted that reporter Patricia Devlin's investigation has been recognised for the difference it has made.

"We were inundated with calls from readers who had been left heartbroken after unwittingly buying dogs from puppy farms and within days watching these animals get very ill or die."

And our readers will have a chance to help us win this prestigious prize.

Voting will open on the Local Media Works website during Local Newspaper Week next month.

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