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$700,000 prize pools, 150 illegal syndicates and secret underground networks: Inside Australia's brutal dog fighting rings undeterred by attempts to bring them to justice WARNING: Graphic images below  There are as many as 150 criminal dog fighting rings operating across Australia Campaigners say some fights have prize pools totaling more than $700,000 Recent prosecutions have led to six and seven month jail terms for dog fighters But welfare investigator said the public cases simply drive industry underground 'If anything it makes dog fighters more determined,' RSPCA's Daniel Young said

By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:38 BST, 17 September 2019 | Updated: 07:51 BST, 17 September 2019

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Criminal dog fighting syndicates with prize pools of more than $700,000 are continuing undeterred in Australia despite a police crackdown, an expert has warned.   

The sentencing of a Queensland man to six months behind bars for fighting dogs is among a series of recent prosecutions over the illegal activity.

But a leading RSPCA inspector said the court cases are making the rings go further underground in a bid to evade authorities.

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Criminal dog fighting syndicates with prize pools of more than $700,000 are continuing undeterred despite a police crackdown, an expert has warned (pictured a dog recovered from a pound in Bundaberg, Queensland believed to have been used as dog fighting bait)

Criminal dog fighting syndicates with prize pools of more than $700,000 are continuing undeterred despite a police crackdown, an expert has warned (pictured a dog recovered from a pound in Bundaberg, Queensland believed to have been used as dog fighting bait)

'We know it's still ongoing. The prosecutions we have seen recently have actually driven dog fighting underground,' the charity's chief Queensland inspector Daniel Young said.

'The people who fight dogs haven't been deterred - it has made them more determined.' 

Jared Nathan Trenear received the six-month jail term in July, and in 2018 an Adelaide man was sentenced to seven months in prison for dog fighting and using electric shock collars. 

Humane Society International Australia estimate 150 dog fighting rings are in operation nationally and claim the industry is linked to the illegal weapons and drug trade.

A leading RSPCA investigator has warned high-profile dog fighting prosecutions are simply making the rings go further underground in order to evade authorities (pictured a dog found during a raid on a Queensland property)

A leading RSPCA investigator has warned high-profile dog fighting prosecutions are simply making the rings go further underground in order to evade authorities (pictured a dog found during a raid on a Queensland property)

'With dog fighting,

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