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Amber Heard summoned to court in Australia over Johnny Depp 'dog smuggling' incident

Actress is accused of importing the couple's dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia illegally

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Actress Amber Heard, wife of Johnny Depp, has been summoned to appear in court after being accused of smuggling the couple's dogs into Australia earlier this year.

Captain Jack Sparrow actor Depp has been shooting the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film, titled Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men No Tales, in Queensland since February. In April Depp's stay Down Under made headlines when he was told that his dogs, Pistol and Boo, must "bugger off" out of the country or face being put down after apparently failing to adhere to quarantine restrictions.

The Yorkshire terriers, who are understood to have entered the country accompanied by Heard on Depp's private jet, have since been returned safely to the US.

Now Heard, though not Depp, has been issued with a court summons over the alleged quarantine infringement. A statement released by Australia's Department of Agriculture reads: "Ms Amber Heard was served with a summons issued by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on July 14. The CDPP's action follows an incident where a biosecurity officer attended a Gold Coast property in April and found two dogs alleged to be illegally imported.

"All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, and have undergone relevant testing and health checks signed off by a government veterinarian from the exporting country to ensure pests and diseases from overseas are not brought here."

Magic Mike XXL actress Heard has yet to respond publically to the summons, but last month (June) she appeared to criticise Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, over his handling of the Pistol and Boo incident. "I have a feeling we're going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there," she told NBC.

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