A dog run down by a car on the Isle of Wight is recovering but there is still "a long way to go", an animal charity has said, as police launch an investigation.

As previously reported, Daisy was hit while on her lead near Victoria Recreation Ground, near Newport on Sunday afternoon (February 18).

Friends of the Animals (FOTA) claimed the vehicle involved did not stop and appealed for help to fund Daisy's treatment.

Police have since confirmed the driver of the vehicle left the scene before officers arrived.

Daisy, 14, was taken to Carisbrooke Vets for initial emergency care, before being transferred to The People's Vet.

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FOTA said the vehicle went over her lower back and she has suffered damage to her back legs.

Members of the charity have now picked her up ready to return her home and she is on pain medication, a spokesperson said.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary confirmed it was called to the recreation ground at 5.30pm.

Isle of Wight County Press: Chris from FOTA and Daisy.Chris from FOTA and Daisy. (Image: Friends of the Animals)

A spokesperson for the force said: "We are currently carrying out enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage, in order to try and determine what has happened."

Earlier, FOTA said: "Any contribution towards Daisy’s treatment would be very much appreciated."

Just a few hours ago, the veterinary bill stood at £1,733.

Since the County Press's story, the charity has had a number of calls from kind-hearted Islanders.

FOTA can be contacted on (01983) 522511.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 44240072084.