The death of two dogs over the past few months has prompted RSPCA WA to issue a warning about leaving dogs tied up outside.

Following reports of a dog tied up outside with no access to shade or water, inspectors arrived at a Kelmscott property to find a dog had died.

This comes after a similar incidence in Cloverdale last month, when a dog passed away after being tethered in full sun with no water.

Kylie Green, Inspector Manager RSPCA WA, said there a few simple actions owners can take to keep pets safe and comfortable.

“Make sure pets have access to shade, or better yet, bring them inside in the cool. Give them access to plenty of cool water—always more than one source in case one gets knocked over—and consider setting up a clam pool or similar for them to splash around in.”

She also said to bring smaller pets inside, including birds, and give rabbits, guinea pigs and rats cool toys like frozen water bottles to lie on.

Green also offered advice on the best time to walk your dog.

“Don’t walk your dog in the heat of the day—remember, if you can’t leave your hand on the road, footpath or sand at the beach comfortably for five seconds, then their paws will burn.”