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Convicted SC dogfighting kingpin up for parole

Jul 21, 2010 4:05:00 AM - thestate.com
A South Carolina man once described as a the nation's No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls is making a case for his freedom.

The state's parole board on Wednesday is hearing from 63-year-old David Tant.

Tant was arrested in 2004 after a man doing surveying work near his Charleston County property triggered a booby trap that authorities said had been set to keep intruders away from the compound.

Investigators removed and later euthanized dozens of dogs - many with rashes and open wounds - and Tant pleaded guilty just as South Carolina's first major dogfighting trial got under way.

Tant's 40-year sentence has been reduced to 30 years. Attorney General Henry McMaster is expected to oppose parole at the hearing.