Why Dog The Bounty Hunter is reluctant to join the search for Kiely Rodni

Dog the Bounty Hunter achieved widespread fame and recognition through his A&E reality television series which followed him on bounty hunting excursions. Though the show was canceled in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Dog stayed in the public eye thanks to a few spin-off features and specials. Those who didn’t know him from television might have caught him on the news when he became involved in the case of Gabby Petito’s disappearance.

As reported by ABC 7, Dog became involved in the investigation in September 2021 when he began following up on tips received. Soon after, videos of the reality star taking part in activities such as protests outside the home of Petito’s alleged killer were making the news.

Now, some in the public are urging Dog to take on a new case, even going so far as to give him tips. As People reported, 16-year-old Kiely Rodni disappeared after leaving a high school party. Her phone rang near the party’s campsite in the early hours of August 6, and she has not been heard from since. Many have asked Dog to use his hunting skills, but he’s not on board just yet.

Dog received backlash for his involvement in the Gabby Petito case

In an interview with NBC Bay Area, Kiely Rodni’s mother expressed her appreciation for the community support she received during her search efforts. According to ABC News, the FBI has received over 1,200 leads, while local police (according to the New York Post) said they’ve put more than 9,000 man-hours into the search.

With an investigation this large, it makes sense that Dog the Bounty Hunter might want to help. He revealed to TMZ that he’s received many tips and emails encouraging him to join the investigation. However, backlash over his involvement in the Gabby Petito case has made him hesitate. Many felt the star was “interfering” with the investigation, and Dog’s reps reported he felt he was “not doing a good deed.” [goes] unpunished.”

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However, for those who believe his involvement in the case could make a difference, there is still hope. TMZ sources said Dog had developed new guidelines for participation. If a family member or law enforcement agency invites him to join the hunt, he will. He also said that if no replies elapse 21 days after the disappearance, he will intervene. Dog specifically shared that in this timeline, many missing persons cases become cold cases.