SPOKANE, Wash. -

A dog has died, another was in heat-related distress after the dogs' owner left them tied up outside through the heat of the day.

SCRAPS responded to a residence where an animal protection officer found two pit bulls tied up to a fence without water or shade. One dog was dead due to suspected heat stroke while the second one was in severe heat distress.

The owner of the dogs were inside of the home when the SCRAPS officer arrived to check on the dogs' welfare. The dogs had been tied up outside the night before and the owner checked on them once the following morning around 7 a.m.

The owner didn't check on the dogs again until SCRAPS arrived to conduct a welfare check on the animals.

The deceased dog has been taken to a veterinarian to confirm the cause of death, while the owners were required to take their other dog to the vet to be checked out.

SCRAPS said that if an animal must be kept outside during hot weather, they need to have their exposure to heat limited, have plenty of shade and fresh, cool water to drink.

The owners of the dogs may be charged with Animal Cruelty in the First Degree, a class C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a possible $10,000 fine.

An investigation is ongoing.