'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Responds to Prayer Request Video

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is asking for a special prayer request this weekend for to help combat drugs and crime in the city.

The viral video hit the web last month with the request.

Mayor Steve Williams said he got a call from the reality TV star, "Dog" The Bounty Hunter on Tuesday.

He described it as a heartfelt conversation that could mean the Bounty Hunter will soon pay a visit to Huntington.

Williams' viral prayer request video is spreading even farther on social media.

Now, the video is reaching the likes of reality stars like "Dog" The Bounty Hunter.

"A member of my staff came in and said, 'You won't believe who's on the phone. I said 'who?', they said, 'the Dog ... the Bounty Hunter,' " Williams said.

Dog and his wife, Beth, called the mayor to share their thoughts on his call for churches to pray this Sunday.

"I thought that was great of somebody in politics to be able to ask for divine intervention. I think that's what America is about is freedom of religion in every place," said Duane "Dog" Chapman.

The mayor said the video started with a message to eight people and a letter.

The video has given the city more support in a fight taking place in many similar-sized cities nationwide.

"It's not like all of the sudden in Huntington, everybody woke up -- one out of 20 people woke up doing heroin. It's not the local people that live there that are bringing it in and all that," Chapman said.

"We have found it is resonating with people throughout the region and the country, that prayer has a place in all of this," Williams said.

Chapman said he's not sure if they'll be able to make a stop in Huntington.

He said he and his wife would love to meet the mayor, and their show is set to be in Nashville later this month.

Looking into state laws, WSAZ.com found bounty hunting is legal in West Virginia and Ohio.

However, it has been banned in Kentucky for several decades.

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