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Dog Chapman to Sheriff: I Was Covering YOUR Ass!

7/21/2011 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dog Chapman is lashing back at claims he doused a fugitive in a dangerous amount of pepper spray -- telling us, he followed standard safety procedure ... and nabbed a DANGEROUS criminal in the process.

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Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey blasted the bounty hunter in a statement earlier today -- claiming Dog wantonly dumped the fugitive in his office, without properly decontaminating him first ... putting his staffers and several bystanders in danger.

But sources close to Dog tell TMZ, not only did Dog follow standard decontamination procedure -- hosing the guy down and changing his shirt before handing him over to cops -- he performed a CRUCIAL civil service ... and cops should be grateful.

We're told it took three whole days to track down the fugitive in question -- a dangerous ex-con -- who then allegedly tried to make one last run for it by jacking someone's car ... at which point Dog's team pepperballed him.

Sources close to Dog tell us, the bounty hunter was blindsided by the sheriff's comments -- because as far as he knew, the two parted on good terms.


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1.

Toadless    

Should this guy be running loose?

1193 days ago
2.

blowmybrainsout    

first

1193 days ago
3.

alyssa    

ok, that's great you nabbed a dangerous fugitive. Can you call 1-800-DENTIST now, geez.

1193 days ago
4.

Jen    

When the cameras are on they give them a shirt, shoes, water and a smoke before turning them in……
Go DOG and your trailer park family!!!! Rather watch and hear about you than Jersey shore or Teen Mom!!!!

1193 days ago
5.

Alta    

Dog really needs some teeth in his lower jaw.
And, yes, Toadless, he should not be running loose.

1193 days ago
6.

JMJ    

Okay, they have had this silly realty show for awhile! They must be making enough money for dental work &--- how can I say this with sensitivity- for breast reduction & personal trainer for Momma.

1193 days ago
7.

dube blu    

cant wait, cant wait, cant wait until someone owns dog & puts him in his place & lays him out.

1193 days ago
8.

RonBurgundy    

If Dog is looking for you, hide near soap!

1193 days ago
9.

rocky     

time we put this dog to sleep

1193 days ago
10.

joe    

Just so everyone knows what you dont see in the behind the scenes is dog has his own body guards you dont see to protect him so he does not get his ass kicked if your on the run and that poodle is after you get your own pepper gun!!!

1193 days ago
11.

who cares    

It's ok I am sure Obama is ready for another beer summit!

1193 days ago
12.

anni    

Rocky: That was FUNNY

Dawg: Get a full lower set, dude.

1193 days ago
13.

Bob    

I know they perform a service but they should have a LOT more restrictions on them. I find it hard to be sad when one of them is injured or killed because they are generally as bad as the criminals they seek.

1193 days ago
14.

who cares    

Sheriff Hilkey If mace puts bystanders and staff in danger then maybe you should stop using it in your jails and out on patrol?

1193 days ago
15.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Surely Dog makes enough money to afford to get his teeth fixed. Ewww! Gross!

1193 days ago
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