According to Australia’s animal import laws any animals cannot transported into the country without permits or a period in quarantine. In April after undergoing a brief surgery for his hand injury when Johnny Depp returned via a private jet to Australia to resume filming of the fifth installment in Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales he failed to declare his Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol.
This case of undeclared pets caused quite a scandal Down Under. It was shocking when the Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused Depp of smuggling his dogs aboard his private plane when he arrived in Australia onApr. 21. The Australian authorities gave the actor a 50 hour window to deport his pets which he eventually did via his private jet.
The 29-year-old actress Amber Heard faces two counts of illegally importing the terriers into the country on a private jet and one count of producing a false document, it was revealed in July. She could face more than ten years in prison if Australian authorities decide to inflict the maximum penalty.
But Depp has not been charged despite the dogs reportedly travelling into Bisbane on his plane in April.His wife has been issued with a summons to appear in a Queensland court on Monday, although it’s not yet known whether she will attend in person.
The case has since then attracted a lot of comments and rumors especially since the Black Mass actor had decided to stay mum about the whole incident.
There was however a turn in events at the Venice Film Festival when out of frustration the 52-year-old actor sarcastically told the crowd, “I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia,”
Well we hope that all the comments regarding this incident are taken in good humor not spoiling relations at international level.