DOG the Bounty Hunter says he hasn’t been sharing his tip-offs with police and FBI agents after critics accused him of joining the search for Brian Laundrie for publicity.
The reality TV star joined the search to find Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé last weekend and says he has received more than 2,000 potential leads.
Dog told Newsmax Thursday: “I guess we kind of do the same thing but I don’t pay too much attention like they don’t pay too much attention to me.
“After 45 years, I don’t call the police, they’re usually called on me – so I don’t know what they’re doing.
“I can’t call up and say ‘Hey G-Man what’s going where’s your leads? And they don’t call me and say ‘Hey Dog where’s your leads?”
The reality star said “there are a lot of things” that he and law enforcement officers do differently when conducting searches.
Dog added: “If someone’s in a house and they start firing at us then we call Big Brother and they send the SWAT and the dogs and get the guy.”
It comes as the bail bondsman fields criticism from web sleuths, social media users, and private investigators.
Bill Warner, who runs a PI service in Florida, alleged that Dog is guilty of an “obstruction of justice”.
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He blasted the bounty hunter’s search as “one big publicity stunt”.
Warner told The Sun that Dog’s involvement in the case is “outrageous”.
But, the bounty hunter insisted: "I don't need the publicity."
Dog is currently leading a search in Fort De Soto, Florida after it emerged that Laundrie previously stayed at the campground with his parents.
The TV star’s daughter Lyssa Chapman said Dog found personal items he believes may belong to Laundrie at the campground on Tuesday.
Chapman didn't offer a description of the item's her father reportedly found.
DOG UNDER FIRE
She told NewsNation: “We have gotten multiple leads we were able to verify both through technology and witnesses.
“We are pretty sure that he is stashed out on those islands and mostly active after the parks are closed and everyone goes home."
Dog has speculated that Laundrie may be moving from island to island in a canoe as he remains at large.
He also claims that he is close to catching the 23-year-old, noting that it's "very easy to hide out" at the rural campsite.
Dog and his crew sniffed out a fresh Monster Energy Ultra Gold can at the site deep in the woods of Shell Island near Fort De Soto.
The can showed no signs of rust or faded colors suggesting it had recently been discarded, according to Fox News. The find has not been confirmed to be Laundrie's.
Earlier this week, Dog told Fox and Friends that he wants to try and find Laundrie by his 24th birthday in November.
He said Laundrie is not an “experienced criminal” and doesn’t think he will shoplift while remaining at large.
Dog ranked Laundrie a “six” compared to the outdoorsmen he's previously captured.
'NOT AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL'
Cops and FBI agents have scoured the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota for more than a week but Laundrie still remains missing.
Survivalist Dave Canterbury said it would be “very difficult” for Laundrie to survive for this amount of time if he remained in the park.
He told The Sun: “For as long as he’s been gone and the trouble they are having finding him, I find it hard to believe that’s he is surviving in the wild solely at this point.
“I think he has to resupply somewhere – if he’s still alive – because that’s what he’s used to doing.”
Canterbury also warned that Laundrie may be battling hypothermia in weeks as temperature swings of up to 30 degrees could be recorded in the state when fall hits.
The expert, who teaches wilderness survival skills in Ohio, alleged that guilt may be playing on Laundrie's mind and could cause him to make a mistake while "hiking".
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