The owner of an almighty pit bull dog has told how she was left with serious injuries after being hit by a car.

    The pit bull Terrier Terrier ran into the car on the corner of St James’s Park and the driver of the vehicle, a Mercedes S Class, did not stop the vehicle for safety reasons, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Blair, has said.

    The incident happened in June.

    The victim was left lying on the ground for nearly 10 minutes after being taken to a nearby hospital, the force said.

    “He was completely unconscious, having broken a vertebra and suffered severe head injuries,” Detective Chief Inspector Colin McLean said.”[The victim] suffered severe injuries to his head and spine, including multiple fractures, which he has undergone a number of surgeries to correct.”

    The circumstances of the incident have caused him significant distress, and he has lost a significant amount of weight.

    “Police said a 24-year-old man from Leeds, who has not been named, is in custody after the collision.

    Police said they are looking for a white Mercedes SClass, a dark coloured Audi Q7 and a black Audi Q5, which were reported stolen from the victim’s car.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact West Yorkshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.