RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) -- On hot summer days, the Rhinelander police department receives frequent calls about animals left in hot cars.
Now, the department is able to give citations when that happens.
The city council made that possible by approving an ordinance in late June.
Sergeant Brian Colombino said, "Often times we are able to make contact with the registered owner and locate the person so they can come out and open the vehicle for us and we will investigate it from there based on the circumstances."
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the temperature inside a car can increase 30 degrees in 20 minutes.