A dog suffered a broken leg and required further operations after it was hit by a car.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog, who accidentally escaped a property on Rosehill Gardens in Abbots Langley, was hit by a car on Hazlewood Lane during February 20 at around 8.45pm.

The dog was running across the road when a dark-coloured car, believed to be a Honda Civic, drove into the dog.

The car briefly came to a stop before driving off.

Police say the dog suffered a broken leg and internal bleeding. He also suffered a fractured hip and is currently taking medication to strengthen the cartilage before having an operation next month.

PCSO Paul Burt, from the Abbots Langley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Extensive enquiries have been carried out into this incident and we’re now asking for the public’s help.

“From what we know so far, we believe the driver would not have been able to avoid hitting the dog as it ran into the road, however the driver did not stop following the incident.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw the incident or the vehicle pulling away afterwards, or to the driver themselves to make contact with us.”

Anyone with information can contact PCSO Burt at paul.burt@herts.pnn.police.uk, report information online at herts.police.uk/report, or calling the non-emergency number 101 quoting 41/15955/20.

Alternatively, to stay anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.