Dog trainer Chloe earns a place in Crufts final

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A THIRTEEN-year-old girl from Bury St Edmunds is heading to Crufts after being shortlisted for an award.

Chloe Connell, a member of the Young Kennel Club, is in the final shortlist for the Shaun McAlpine Oustanding Young Person Award, the highest level of achievement available for young dog owners in the UK.

The teenager, who goes to King Edward VI school, in Bury, began dog training five years ago with her rescue terrier Whiskey, competing in obedience competitions. She has since trained another rescue dog Ziggy, winning rosettes and competing at Crufts.

Chloe, whose mum Sarah runs Best Buddies Dog Training, in Bury, said: “I feel honoured. It is really nice to be shortlisted.”

The winner of the award will be announced at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham next Sunday.