Dog the Bounty Hunter has had to pause his hunt for Brian Laundrie after injuring himself during the search.
The 68-year-old star has been searching for the 23-year-old who disappeared almost a month ago, but says he has had to leave Florida to meet with doctors.
According to WFLA, Dog – real name Duane Lee Chapman – has put together a “talented team” to continue his hunt while he’s away.
He will continue to process leads in Colorado while he’s there and is raising funds to continue what he has labeled an “expensive search”.
It comes after Dog bluntly warned Gabby Petito’s fugitive fiancé Brian Laundrie – saying: “I’m gonna catch you.”
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Dog confirmed he’s received thousands of calls and said: “So I’m gonna tell you right now Laundrie, I’m gonna catch you.”
The reality TV star has been on the chase in Florida for a week since announcing he was joining the search for the 23-year-old.
Dog told The Sun he has been running down leads he has been getting from tipsters.
“So today we worked out three leads,” he said.
“Today we worked on three leads and we’re the third lead is coming up very soon.”
In fact, he boasted that his team have fielded “3,500 calls.”
Admittedly, Dog said the majority of the calls are fans saying “Hello, We love the Dog!” but the rest are “pretty good.”
And the case demands doing the hard work to hopefully catch a break.
“In order to get someone, it doesn’t matter how [or] what degree,” he said.
“The crime is you’ve got to work the leads that come in one at a time so we are working leads right now.”
The blonde mulleted Dog also had some choice words for the Laundrie family attorney, Steve Bertolino.
It was Bertolino who pushed back against Dog’s claims that Brian hadn’t returned to his family’s North Port, Florida home with his parents and instead was left behind at Fort DeSoto Park.
Dog claimed the family camped together at the island grounds on September 1 through 3 and September 6 through 8.
“They were registered, went through the gate,” Dog said at the time in an interview with Fox News.
He added: “They’re on camera. They were here.
“We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp.”
“That Dog doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Bertolino retorted in a statement, explaining that the family went to “other places on two different dates” which the FBI is allegedly aware of.
“So Brian obviously returned home after camping and what that dog is spewing is nothing but baloney,” he added.
Dog shot back in his interview with The Sun.
“Oh, we need this dog to go away,” he said, suggesting that Bertolino is not a fan of the bounty hunter freelancing while the feds are also trying to find Brian.
“Because he’s mentioned my name right now… instead of ‘No dog – a dog.’”