SA trainer could have to pay RSPCA's bills

An Adelaide man who had shock collars and drugs to train pit bull terriers for illegal dog fights will argue he cannot afford to pay a debt of more than $22,000 to the RSPCA.

Benn Hamilton was in April sentenced to seven months in jail after he pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including multiple counts of taking part in prohibited activities.

He returned to Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday, when counsel for the RSPCA argued Hamilton should cover $22,500 in shelter costs incurred before his six pit bull terriers were euthanised.

Peter Hill, for Hamilton, said there was no possibility his client would be able to pay the debt.

"Hamilton will not be eligible for parole until March of 2020, he has no real estate and he has no savings, and his defence was funded by legal aid," he said.

During sentencing, the court was told RSPCA inspectors found six American pit bull terriers chained up in the backyard of Hamilton's home when they responded to a complaint in 2016.

Prosecutor Marie Shaw said the dogs were aggressive and had fractured teeth and other injuries to their faces, mouths, ears, necks and limbs, consistent with fighting.

Hamilton also admitted to possessing various equipment including the shock collars, steroids and other drugs along with books and DVDs about dog fighting.

The case will return to court in August.