The MHPS says a disturbing trend has been noticed so far this month.

Police say they have received 6 vicious dog complaints since April 1, 2020.

Of those 6, 5 have involved bites to people or other animals.

Officials say the increase is believed to be related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in use of path and park areas and due to dogs who are not used to being socialized now interacting with other animals and pedestrians.

Bylaw officers will be increasing patrols on trails, as well as on and off leash areas.

Questions or complaints regarding animals should contact bylaw enforcement at 403-529-8481.