In Orange Is the New Black, actor Kimiko Glenn plays Brook Soso, a passionate woman who stands up for what she believes in—and like her on-screen character, Glenn has a serious soft spot for animals in need. The mega-talented actor dropped in to share her thoughts about leaving dogs in hot cars.

“Whether the windows are cracked or not, dogs can die within 10 to 15 minutes,” Glenn explains.

As a native Arizonan, Glenn knows how hot cars can get. But no matter where you live, cars can reach dangerous temperatures, making them potential death traps for animal companions left inside—even for a short time.

On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Animals trapped inside hot cars can suffer and die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Slightly opening the window or parking in the shade doesn’t protect animals from heatstroke, either. This means that dashing into the store or grabbing take-out from your fave restaurant could be fatal for your animal companion.

“Please, never leave your dog in a hot car or a child in a hot car. It’s completely dangerous, and the consequences can be fatal,” Glenn urges.

Animals rely on their guardians to keep them­ safe. Hot cars can become extremely dangerous and even deadly in minutes. Never leave an animal in a parked car for any amount of time, and if you see an animal trapped in a hot car, have the vehicle’s owner paged in nearby businesses and/or call 911 immediately. If the animal’s life is in immediate danger, find a witness who can back you up and then do whatever is needed to get the animal out. Your actions can save a life.

Feeling inspired? You can be a hero for animals, too!

Kimiko Glenn is a force to be reckoned with, but your voice is important, too. There are so many awesome things that you can do for animals. Here are a few ways that you can help:

  • Become a peta2 member. Join local activists in standing up for animals!
  • Order leaflets and pass them out. Grassroots work is the key to success in the animal rights movement.