As our temperatures rise, keep in mind that it's best to leave your dog at home when you go to the grocery store or run errands.

When it's 72 degrees outside, the temperature in a car can heat up to 99 degrees in only 10 minutes, and rolling down the windows have little effect on the temperature inside the car.

What should you do when you see a dog in distress? In Wisconsin a state law addresses the issue. If you see an animal or person you believe is endangered by the heat inside a locked vehicle, you may enter that vehicle forcibly to remove the animal or person.

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But you must first make sure the vehicle is locked, you must call 911, and you must only use as much force as needed to reach the dog or person. Other options are to ask the store's manager to make an announcement to find the owner. But please remain with the vehicle until law enforcement arrives.

You have the power to save a life.

-- Lynn Pauly, Madison, president, board of directors, Alliance for Animals and the Environment

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