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More than £900 has been raised to help a single mum fund surgery for her two-year-old pet after it was struck by a car.

Monika Hart, of Dewberry Close, St Mary's Island, was walking the poodle cross near Upnor Road, Upnor, on Boxing Day.

Gilli the 2 year old puppy resting after her harrowing ordeal
Gilli the 2 year old puppy resting after her harrowing ordeal

She said: "Gilli got quite excited and ran into the road. I saw a car coming and then I heard a horrible bang.

"We are incredibly lucky that she survived."

The pet suffered a fractured right paw which will cost £1,600 in veterinary bills.

Miss Hart set up a GoFundMe page to help with the cost of the surgery.

At the time of writing, there had been 26 donations with a highest individual gift of £200.

Monika and her beloved pup Gilli
Monika and her beloved pup Gilli

She continued: "The people who have donated so far are my lovely friends and family from around the world and I am so grateful for them in this difficult time.

"I am just finishing my Masters, so I've not been able to work as much.

"Therefore I'm incredibly grateful for this touching gesture on their behalf."

Following the incident, the 37-year-old intends to look into pet insurance for her beloved pup.

Gilli underwent surgery on Thursday and returned home the following day.

Mum Monika, 37, her son Ryan,13, and poodle cross Gilli
Mum Monika, 37, her son Ryan,13, and poodle cross Gilli

She added: "I also want to thank the incredible staff at Easipetcare in Chatham who were really understanding and met me halfway to make this happen.

"Also thank you to the overnight vet team who helped over two nights."

If you wish to contribute or read more about the campaign, click here.

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