Man jailed over national dog fighting ring

Robyn Wuth

A Queensland man who culled pitbull puppies to create a pack of savage canines for a national dog fighting ring has been jailed.

Bradd Michael O'Keeffe, 41, kept more than 30 dogs chained on a remote north Queensland cattle property when RSPCA inspectors raided the property in April 2018.

Inspectors seized 19 pitbulls, some badly scarred and infested with worms, and one so aggressive it had to be euthanased.

Other dogs were kept in cages, including French bulldogs, pugs, dachshunds and a chihuahua.

O'Keeffe claimed he kept the dogs for pig hunting, but messages on his mobile phone revealed he trained his "monster" dogs for the fighting ring.

He trained his dogs by pitting them against each other in fights at Mount Norma Station.

The runts of the litters never made it that far.

"Have thrown the last few litters in the deep end, cull them as they quit," He wrote.

'I don't need every dog out of the litter."

When O'Keeffe and another breeder discussed training, he admitted his dogs at times turned on him.

"Hard to do on your own, sink or swim, monsters will shine. ...Ok wife might have to help."

The most savage dogs were sent around the country, with fights staged in Perth, Sydney and Canberra.

"I make my own matches at home and the winner gets to see the country."

Inspectors also seized DVDs of dog fights, photographs, and information on organised dog fighting.

O'Keeffe pleaded guilty in Richmond Magistrates Court on Wednesday to illegal dog fighting and was jailed for six months and banned from owning dogs for life.

He will be eligible for parole after two months.