With the hot summer days upon us, it's not only important to take care of yourself, but your four-legged friends too.

Nothing makes me more upset than seeing a dog in a hot, steamy car with the windows up when it's over 100 degrees outside. I've seen it so many times, and have reported it on several occasions. However, did you know that if you see an animal in a hot car in Illinois, it is illegal to break the window (even if your intentions are good).

According to aldf.org, there are only three states that have a "Good Samaritan" Law that permit breaking car windows to save an animal locked inside. Those states are Wisconsin, Florida and Tennessee. In Illinois, only a law enforcement or humane officer can legally break into a car to rescue an animal.

As mad and upset as you would be seeing a dog locked in a car, just remember as much as you want to help, do not break the window.

So what can you do if you come across an animal that needs help:

  1. Call the authorities
  2. If you can, stay with the animal until someone comes and helps
  3. If you have to leave, take a picture of the license plate and turn it in to the authorities.