2020 is shaping up to be a bad year for animal bites in the region.

From January to August, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health unit has investigated 433 animal bite incidents in the region.

Over the past several years, the vast majority of reported bite investigations have involved pets or domestic animals.

The Health Unit says “never leave young children alone with an animal, because in a matter of seconds the animal can be riled or incited to act out and attack.

To address the rise in local animal bites, the Health Unit is launching a campaign that aims to remind parents and pet owners to be responsible and ensure animals are leashed and under control in public and pay close attention when children are nearby.

To learn more go to hkpr.on.ca.