Johnny Depp’s Dogs Threatened to Be ‘Put Down’ Down Under
UPDATE: A Department of Agriculture officer escorted the Yorkshire terriers from Depp's home — where they had been temporarily quarantined — to the airport on Friday evening.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have 50 hours to pack up their two pooches, Boo and Pistol, and remove them from Australia, after authorities threatened to have the Yorkshire terriers euthanized, according to reports.
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Authorities allege Depp and Heard brought the dogs on a private jet from California to Australia last month without declaring them to customs officials — a strict requirement stipulated by law.
In an interview with radio station ABC 612 Brisbane, Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said on the subject, “There is a process if you want to bring animals, you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them.”
He continued, “If we start letting movie stars, even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice, to come into our nation, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody?”
“It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” he added. Australia claims to be rabies-free, and require strict adherence to pet laws.
Authorities only discovered Depp's dog were in the country after reports circulated that the terriers were taken to the groomers.
The couple is in the country while Depp films the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.