Convicted dog breeder Tant released from prison

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's most notorious breeder of fighting pit bulls was released from prison last week.

A South Carolina parole board voted 5-2 in favor of granting parole to 63-year-old David Ray Tant on Sept. 8 and last Thursday, he was released from prison.

The convicted dog breeder served just six years of a 30-year sentence.

Tant will be required to have intensive supervision for six months and won't be allowed to have any connection with dog ownership or training.

"That man of six years ago is dead and gone, never to live again," Tant told the parole board earlier this month.

Six years ago, deputies seized 47 pit bulls and dog fighting equipment from Tant's property after a surveyor was shot by a booby trap gun. Tant pleaded guilty several dog breeding charges in 2004.

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