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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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chantal    

yay! i'm so happy for this good good family! they have had to deal with a LOT. praise the Lord and God bless the Chapmans!

2453 days ago
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SHYLA KENNEDY    

THIS WAS OVERDUE AND THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN THE FIRST PLACE AND I AM DISAPPOINTED WHEN MEXICO FIRST TRIED TO EXTRADITE DOG, OUR PRESIDENT WAS NOT ON THE PHONE TO MEXICO TELLING THEM TO SCREW OFF. THIS TOOK TOO LONG AND DOG & HIS FAMILY PAID TOO MUCH IN LEGAL FEES WHILE ALL THIS WAS HAPPENING. IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN ISSUE AND DOG NEVER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IN TROUBLE FOR JAILING A RAPIST IN THE FIRST PLACE.

2453 days ago
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Linda7565    

HALLELUIA - GOD ANSWERS EVERY PRAYER- AND THIS IS ANOTHER ONE- MANY FOLKS HAVE BEEN PRAYING OVER THIS UNFORTUNATE TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE- HANG TUFF DOG AND BETH AND FAMILY - GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND THE REST OF THIS COUNTRY AND HEY - LETS PRAY FOR MEXICO ALSO - THAT AT THE LEAST IT SHALL BECOME ITS OWN PROSPEROUS NATION THAT ITS OWN CITIZENS WILL CHOOSE TO REMAIN THERE AND HELP ITSELF THRIVE - WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY IS IT THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE DESIRING SOMEWHERE ELSE TO LIVE EVEN UNDER PRESSURES OF INCARCERATION - MEXICO - HEAL THY LAND

2453 days ago
64.

Nuts    

congrats great news.they should be given medal of honor for helping to put that prick away for life hopefully.

2453 days ago
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jimmy_xtc    

seems like a good guy to me and he does a good service by catching criminals

2453 days ago
66.

celebuspawn    

I love them.

2453 days ago
67.

Valerie    

I think the mexican government should be proud that they wanted to put someone in jail for dragging a serial rapist back to the US to face punishment... And I thought the US government was jacked up. Guess it goes to show which person is more valuable to them...

2453 days ago
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GinnyGirl    

They may be White Trash but as has been said they r now doing good things. I don't really think they r White Trash, more like uneducated and not raised w/class and style and not smart enough to read books to gain class and style. Keep up the good work Dog and Co.

2453 days ago
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nicole    

#52 You should get your facts straight before you go ranting and raving. He did spend time in jail, but not because HE murdered anyone.

I, too, am glad to hear that the charges have been dropped. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and may not like the show. No disrespect to anyone else, but I happen to respect what The Dog and his family do. He and Beth are proof that a person can work through adversity and change for the better.

2453 days ago
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jerseygirl    

Good for dog and the Chapman's!. They took a rapist off the streets, who would not have been free if he wasn't so wealthy. I stopped by their office when I visited Hawaii, and they really are very nice people. Best of luck to them and their family.

2453 days ago
71.

Laura    

Way to go Dog! I watch your show all the time on A& E. Keep doing what your doing. Best of Luck!

2453 days ago
72.

dom    

It's about freakin' time!!!!!

2453 days ago
73.

ubecleb666    

viva villa cabrones!!!!!!!!!!!!

2453 days ago
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s. pack    

It is about time this has been put to rest. Congratulations to a family that deserves it!!!!!

2453 days ago
75.

MCKOOL    

Dog's a good guy.

2453 days ago
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