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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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nursiev    

AMEN!!! I really hope this is true. The Chapman family is so awesome and they really deserve this. AND BETH ROCKS!!!

2458 days ago
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gingergirl    

Hey F1Biker, at least he turned his life around, That was then this is now, so let it go. Hope you can do half as much good as. "The Dog" and his family.

2458 days ago
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Eden    

Sorry I meant #79 not #77

2458 days ago
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s. pack    

Congrats Dog, Beth and family !! It is about time. We look forward to your show on the A&E!!!

2458 days ago
95.

Landon    

GOOD JOB DOG! Great news! Justice is served!

F U MEXICO!

USA! USA! USA!

2458 days ago
96.

Lisdog    

Their arrest for catching a rapist was appalling! I hope this is true.

Justice served!

2458 days ago
97.

gingergirl    

Beth has admitted to sins of her past, as well as Dog and they are paying their debt, by doing their job. God bless them all.

2458 days ago
98.

pat    

the Dog...R O C K S!!!...I'm with the Chapman Family 100%

2458 days ago
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The King    

What hypocrites!! They can go to Mexico, break whatever laws they deem necessary to suit THEIR needs to bring a suspect back to the US so THEY can collect MONEY. But when it comes to owning up to their misdeeds they wrap themselves in Jesus and the flag and beg for you sheeple to support them..Suckers.

2458 days ago
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scotty2000    

DOG: AMERICAN HERO.

2458 days ago
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double standards    

LIES: right Mexico is responsible for all the drug abuse in America, right? Which planet do you live on?

2458 days ago
102.

Studio    

FiBiker, You sound bitter, did the DOG arrest you once? I think so.....

2458 days ago
103.

double standards    

LIES: why don't you shut up and read on whatever planet your on?

2458 days ago
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MARY    

Great to know that Dog was not punished for being brave enough to do the RIGHT thing. I belive that he & his family exhibit a strong faith in God & am sure his decision to enter Mexico & bring back this rapist, who thought he was above the law, was based on this faith. May God continue to bless this family.

2458 days ago
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Sabrina    

way to go! it is about time they realized he was doing the WORLD a good deed. Luster needed to be imprisoned. Thank you DOG !!!!!!!!!!!!

2458 days ago
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