By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 07:38 BST, 17 September 2019 | Updated: 07:51 BST, 17 September 2019
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)
'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)
'With dog fighting,