VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Actress Jennifer Beals is defending herself as a loving and “discerning” dog owner after she was captured by a TV reporter briefly leaving her dog inside a vehicle on a warm day.

A Global News reporter filmed the “Flashdance” star returning to her car Wednesday, with her dog inside with the windows partially open.

When she returned to her car, a passer-by confronted her and the actress replied: “It’s fine. Thank you.”

Beals said Thursday that she loves dogs and it was a “cool” 73 degrees. She left the car briefly to pick up laundry.