A dog has "amazed" vets after walking away relatively unscathed from a hit and run.

Seven-year-old greyhound collie cross Bailey was hit by a car at around 8am on Knowsley Road in Bootle this morning (Tuesday).

His owner, Danielle, who only wanted to give her first name, told the ECHO the driver fled the scene - and that her two devastated children saw the whole thing.

READ MORE: Man, 37, named after EncroChat swoop on Queens Drive

She said: "The kids are four and eight, they've been in bits.

"We got Bailey when my eldest was one so she's known him as long as she can remember, she was distraught.

"[The dog] went flying [when the car hit him]."

A video seen by the ECHO shows a car hit the dog before driving away.

The Sefton Live newsletter will bring you news from across the borough in a way you’ve never had it before.

Whether it's celebrating people, sharing issues or discussing latest news, our newsletter covers all things from Bootle to Southport, and everywhere in between.

Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the biggest stories, sent straight to your inbox.

How to sign up for a Sefton Live Email Update

1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link.

2) Put your email in the box where indicated

3) Tick Sefton Live.

4) Press Save changes and that's it!

5) There are plenty of other newsletters to choose from too.

Despite ending up some metres from where he was when the car initially struck him, the footage shows Bailey get up and walk away from the accident.

Danielle continued: "Somehow, he is absolutely fine. The vet was amazed and said it's a miracle he didn't break anything. He has some bruising on his spine but that's all.

"I walked Bailey to see [the kids] on their school lunch break and they seem to be a bit better know they now he is okay but it really was awful for them to see."

Merseyside Police confirmed it is looking into the crash.

A police spokeswoman said: "At around 2.10pm this afternoon, officers were called to a report of a collision this morning involving a dog and a black 4x4 vehicle on Knowsley Road in Bootle.

"The dog was taken to the vets.

"Anyone with information on this incident should contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting reference number 500 of 19/10/21 or pass information to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here