Amber Heard avoids conviction for smuggling Johnny Depp’s dogs into Australia

The actress pleaded guilty to bringing the couple's dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia illegally

Amber Heard has been granted a one-month good behaviour bond of AU$1,000 (£540) and no conviction following her trial over allegations that she “smuggled” two dogs belonging to her and husband Johnny Depp into Australia.

Actress Heard pleaded guilty in the so-called “war on terrier” case on Monday (April 18). Both Heard and Depp publicly apologised in a video, with Depp saying: “Australians are just as unique [as its wildlife], both warm and direct. If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”

Heard was charged last July with two counts of illegally importing animals into Australia and one count of producing a false document.

The illegal importation charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of AU$102,000 (£48,000), while the false document charge comes with a top penalty of AU$10,200 (£4,800).

Watch Depp and Heard apologise in the PSA video below.

Her husband started shooting the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film in Queensland in February 2015. His stay Down Under made headline when Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, told Depp 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 a private jet, later returned safely to the US.

Depp made fun of the “dog smuggling” allegations during a press conference in Venice. When a journalist asked him if he was intending to take his dogs on a gondola tour of the city, he replied: “No. I killed my dogs and ate them, under direct orders from some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”