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The Dog May Be Free!

8/1/2007 8:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that all Mexican charges may have been dropped against famed bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and two members of his team -- including his son. We're told these photos were taken moments after Dog learned his fate. Hallelujah!

The group had been charged by a Mexican court with deprivation of liberty, after their 2003 capture of convicted serial rapist Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta. Chapman had traveled to Mexico to retrieve the Max Factor cosmetics heir, who was wanted in the U.S. on rape charges. Luster is now in jail, serving a 124-year term.

The Chapman crew was jailed for a brief time after the incident as bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico. While TMZ could not immediately confirm the ruling (because nosotros hablamos espanol only a little), Dog's attorney told us he "has received a favorable ruling from the people in Puerto Vallarta. The extent of that ruling is unknown as we are still in the process of translating it."

Dog, through his publicist, told TMZ, "Viva La Mexico!"

UPDATE: A spokesman for A&E, where Dog's show airs, gave TMZ this statement exclusively:

Earlier this week the First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico dismissed all charges against Dog, Tim and Leland Chapman due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on the criminal counts pending against them. The order effectively cancelled all pending charges. The ruling is, however, subject to appeal by the prosecution in Puerto Vallarta. If an appeal is sought, it must be filed by Wednesday, August 8th. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Chapman family as they await the prosecution's decision. More information will be posted on AETV.com as it becomes available.

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406.

Michelle Bonnefond    

Dog, Beth & Family, Don't listen to these LOSERS who have NOTHING BETTER TO DO!!!! You have a nice looking family and just remember there are people pulling for you! People invy what they think they can never accomplish in life and good for you for going after what you wanted in life accomplishing it!!! Much Love!!!

2438 days ago
407.

Dog Catcher    

Someone needs to put the 'DOG' to sleep. And as for as Beth, take the fork out of your mouth and get that fat ass of yours on the treadmill and lose some weight.

-Dog Catcher

2432 days ago
408.

Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

Pray for the tiny dog's health
that his leg heals and he makes it out alive from
the house of terror,

WHERE KIDS GET BROKEN SKULLS TOO

2427 days ago
409.

Scott    

are you people for real? these comments are almost as funny as a stay in the mental ward at our local hospital
the people that leave their comments here, have no real life, and are just putting down their deepest thoughts & feeling,AND they are as about as deep as my cats litterbox.
you people really need to find a life!
golly, it must be circus for you people living in this life where all you have to do read these things and leave your brightest comments....it must be the highlight of your lives!!!!!!!!

2425 days ago
410.

HOWEEBIRD    

he and his team are only trying to do goood and if mexico came into out country to nab a really bad person we would say thank you now GO!

2425 days ago
411.

gary barnett barndog    

My name is barndog, I'm from Merritt B.C. Canada, We watch your show all the time dog, you've given me some insight to never comit crimes or do ice. Over here we call it crystalmeth, and its rampid. Good to see you and your boys out of jail. That was the stupidist thing the mexican government could erver have done to you. He is a parisite and desrerves 124 years, your an awesome person dog and the rest of the clan.

2411 days ago
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