After decades of hunting, Duane 'Dog' Chapman and his wife Beth are set to leave the profession which made them celebrities.

The vigilante crime fighting duo made a name for themselves on Dog the Bounty Hunter for being borderline rednecks chasing down local criminals who have broken the terms of their bail agreements.


However, all good things must come to an end and the pair are stepping down from bounty hunting. It's a result of Beth being diagnosed with Stage Two throat cancer, with a tumour being removed during a 13-hour surgery in September.

Beth has told TooFab: "I'm lucky to be sharing Thanksgiving with my family, and I'm lucky to be here for these holidays. I've tried to cut stress seriously out of my diet. It really does bad things to you. My voice is not strong all the time, it comes and goes sometimes and sometimes it just stops."

A two-hour special programme, Dog and Beth: Fight Of Their Lives is set to air later this week, detailing how hard the diagnosis hit the Chapman family.

Beth added: "You can't hide it. I felt like our fans have been so loyal to us that we really owed it to share it with them, so that if I could be a blessing to even one person, help one person get early detection."

The 50-year-old says her role as a crime fighter had become quite 'saddening' in recent years because the people they chased didn't appear to have the same 'respect for law enforcement'.

She explains that she and 'Dog' are changing professions because bounty hunting doesn't have much longevity. Their roles on Dog the Bounty Hunter spanned eight seasons and nearly 250 episodes, however, there hasn't been new material since 2012.

Duane and Beth

Credit: PA

Beth said: "I don't know that he (Duane) has looked for a job in the past 40 years, but we gotta change. We have small children, we have people counting on us. It doesn't mean that our stance on the criminal justice system has changed, it means that we may want to change."

While Dog will no longer be roaming the streets with pepper spray at the ready, he's not looking to do a complete 180. Duane says he still wants to remain in law enforcement, mainly because that's the industry he's been in for four decades.

He previously told PEOPLE that making Beth happy was his number one priority, as he revealed: "I said I'd love her in sickness and in health until death do us part. And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that. I gave her an oath that I would love her forever."

It's unclear what profession Beth will be heading into but that decision will most likely be announced once her rehabilitation is over.

Sources: TooFab, PEOPLE

Featured Image Credit: PA

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