Dog the Bounty Hunter Suffers Injury During Search for Fugitive Brian Laundrie; Vows to Continue Searching (Updated)

Duane “Dog” Chapman– better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter– was planning to leave Florida and head home to Colorado after suffering an injury during his well-publicized search for fugitive Brian Laundrie. However, the former reality TV star can’t bring himself to abandon the search and has decided to stay 

According to TMZ, after two weeks of searching for Brian–- a person of interest in the murder of 22-year-old Gabby Petito–- Dog inured his ankle in the rugged Florida terrain and was planning to return to Colorado so he could see his regular doctor. 

However, after announcing he was heading home, the former reality star told WFLA-TV that he had a “change of plans and couldn’t bring himself to leave [Florida].” It’s unknown to what role he will play in the search for Brian now that he is injured; however, he gave the news station an interview on Tuesday, after it was revealed that Gabby died via strangulation.

“Strangulation is not an accident,” Dog said, later imploring Brian to come out of hiding.

“Brian, make a deal and turn yourself in, now!” Dog said to the camera.

Dog will reportedly keep raising funds for the team of “talented” Florida locals he put together as they continue searching for Brian, who was reported missing in September. 

(Shortly after joining the search for Brian, Dog set up his own tip hotline, through which he claimed to have received more than 1,000 leads within a week.)

Dog’s ankle injury isn’t the first issue he’s faced during the ongoing manhunt for Brian; just last week, he was hit with a $1.3 million lawsuit while searching a Florida park. Filed October 5, the lawsuit reportedly accuses Dog of racist and homophobic behavior that contributed to his series Dog Unleashed being pulled before it was set to premiere in April. 

In the wake of the ‘Dog Unleashed’ controversy, Dog has reportedly set his sights on scoring another series, and is working with production company ThinkFactory to pitch a new reality show about his “day-to-day life and his exploits.” 

RELATED STORY: Dog the Bounty Hunter Reportedly Sued for $1.3M for Alleged Racist & Homophobic Behavior That Contributed to His ‘Dog Unleashed’ Show Getting Pulled

(Photos: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images; Instagram; Twitter)

6 Responses

  1. Yeah, he’s already signed on. No word of by who or on what network yet but he’s purposely filming places he’s already gone and folks he’s already spoken to.

    The producers want to drag this out for a couple of seasons, get their money’s worth, I suppose, so he pretty much has no real intention of finding this guy.

    100% opportunistic money grab.

    He sounds awful. Sorry you had to meet him.

  2. Do you know who suffered an injury? Gabby Petito. And here this guy is showing up to hock his show no one wants to fund, then leave.

  3. He’s already signed to this new show so they probably have enough footage for the first season.

    He intends to make the Brian search a multi- season thing.

    1. What show did he sign for? Radaronline reported that he was shopping a reality show, not that he had one. He’s a fraud and a terrible person, a racist, according to his daughter, and he was caught several years ago on tape calling his son’s girlfriend the N word over and over again. I lived in Denver for a time and I had a friend that was a bounty hunter, a real one not a TV one, and I met Duane and Beth, and Tim Chapman, (no blood relation to Duane) and Duane was chain smoking, he was so gross and full of himself, he is really short too about 5’6, his was disgusting on every level. I couldn’t believe anyone would give that clown a reality show. He was filming for A&E when I met him. He hadn’t been a REAL bounty for years already at that time. If you remember the show, he was doing a lot of other people’s bounties like Bobby Brown, because there could not have been a show if they had to rely on what he was actually was doing bounty wise, which was zero. His chain smoking is what caused Beth’s cancer and death, She never smoked and hated his smoking, he smoked around her even when she was sick, he is just disgusting. He lost his mansion in Hawaii and is living in Castle Rock, CO with his new wife on her ranch. He’s just a loser and a racist, and no one should support him.

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