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Parole still a possibility for dog breeder

Jul 21, 2010 11:55:00 AM - thestate.com
A three-member panel could not reach a unanimous decision this morning in dog breeder David Tant’s request for parole.

Two of the three members of the panel voted to give Tant parole. But because the decision must be unanimous, the case now will be heard before the full parole board.

Tant, of North Charleston, has been in state prison since pleading guilty in November 2004 to 41 dogfighting charges as well as an assault charge. S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and animal-welfare advocates opposed his release. He has served six years of a 40-year sentence.

Tant told The State newspaper in 2004 that he did not condone dogfighting and did not raise dogs for that purpose. At the time, state prosecutors described Tant as the nation’s No. 2 breeder of pit bulls, the primary animal used in dogfights. In the mid-1990s, he placed ads in a national magazine that authorities said catered to dogfighters. The ads sought to sell pit bulls he had bred.

The hearing before the full parole board should be scheduled in the next 30 to 60 days, officials said.