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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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31.

Jeezlouise    

What a bunch of low class hicks! He looks like a druggie, she seems like a supersonic bitch from hell.

2587 days ago
32.

Tamie Behrens    

we watch dog faithfully every week and love what they are doing.

2587 days ago
33.

Rebecca in Berkeley    

Oops, you're right, Mid Us! I got ahead of myself! :)

2587 days ago
34.

Melissa    

That is awesome. Dog and his posse did the world a favor by getting Andrew Luster off the streets. They are good people, doing good things and genuinely try to help people. You may not like the way they look but they preach and teach the right things. What would you rather have - a hot looking criminal or a person who may not look great (in your opinion) but makes a difference in the world? The Chapmans have received awards for all the good things they've done.

Go Dog, Beth, Duane Lee, Young Blood, Leland (total hottie) and Lyssa. You and your family deserve all the best.

2587 days ago
35.

Mulligulli    

Wow what a relief for them. I'm actually happy for them too !

But.....................his wife seriously needs to get in shape and consult a stylist !

2587 days ago
36.

cm2s1    

Go Dog!! Perhaps there was something lost in translation and the Mexican Nationals need to GO BACK!! You saved the US and Mexico from a serial rapist of the lowest form and Mexican Nationals have the nerve to question your intents? They need to swim back across the border and revel in the filth that is their nationality.

2587 days ago
37.

John Denver Rules    

I'm With #15, they do need help with their style. But I'm Really glad about this!

2587 days ago
38.

George Bush Hates Freedom    

Awesome! The charges were absolutely ridiculous. I would think the Mexican government should have MUCH more pressing issues to tend to (their economy, immigration, corruption)! DOG and Beth seem to be pretty good people doing work that is important. Andrew Luster is a peice of $hit, hopefully he's getting a taste of his on medicine as we speak.

2587 days ago
39.

Cajun Princess    

Dog and Beth got married ont he day he daughter died.

Why??????

Because they had planned it for months..........

They had guests who had traveled from all over.........

They found out just hours before the wedding........

It is soooo easy to throw stones.

2587 days ago
40.

Tangie    

I don't care about them anymore after they defended skanky Paris Hilton.

2587 days ago
41.

tess    

CONGRATS CHAPMAN FAMILY!!! Much love to all. Our prayers have been answered.

2587 days ago
42.

Deb    

TMZ -- I hope you got this right and not just trying to fill cyberwaves with more lies.

The Chapman family should never have gone through this ridiculous ordeal over the piece of human trash they caught.

The only thing which would make me happier is to see the trash fry in a Mexico jail. No more constitutional rights to be afforded to him. He doesn't deserve any.

2587 days ago
43.

Amy    

Right on! OUR HERO!!!

2587 days ago
44.

Piscus    


Dog and his family were charged with deprivation of liberty, until the mexican court realized....."Wait....our entire legal system is a deprivation of liberty."

2587 days ago
45.

anon    

I am so excited to hear that the charges were dropped. I love Dog and the entire clan. They have done so much to protect our world and been a positive influence to help the criminals be rehabilitated. I love the whole family and want to thank them for all that they have done. I hope this is true and they can finally breath a little easier. God Bless the Chapman Family!

2587 days ago
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