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Elisabetta Canalis stars in new PETA TV ad

Elisabetta Canalis attends the opening night of the 62th Sanremo Song Festival at the Ariston Theatre on Feb. 14, 2012, in San Remo, Italy. Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images

(CBS News) Italian actress and model Elisabetta Canalis stars in a new PETA TV spot in which  she wakes up to find herself trapped in a car during the summer. The commercial warns viewers of the dangers of leaving pets in the car on a hot day.

Canalis is seen sweating and gasping for air as she struggles to unlock the doors until she finally collapses.

"Dogs can suffer from heatstroke and die in a matter of minutes when left in a car on a warm day," the ad explains. "In the summer, leave your dog at home."

"It's very important if you see a dog unattended inside a car that you don't leave the situation," Canalis told PETA in an interview. "If it's too hot for us, it's definitely too hot for our dogs."

Canalis is a part of a long list of celebrities, including Lea Michele, Paul McCartney and Charlize Theron, who have teamed up with PETA to promote animal protection.

Check out the video below.

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