Depp's Yorkshire terriers failed to spend the required 10 days in quarantine when they
Johnny Depp has flown his Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol out of Australia after the dogs were threatened with being put down if they stayed.
The country’s Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, shared the news that Boo and Pistol are now on a flight back to California in a brief tweet earlier today (May 15):
In a longer statement on the Ministry of Agriculture’s website, Joyce wrote: “Two dogs that were brought into Australia without meeting our import requirements have now been exported back to their country of origin. A Department of Agriculture officer has escorted the two dogs from the property in Queensland, where they had been held under quarantine order, to the airport for their flight home.”
Depp and his wife Amber Heard had been residing in Queensland, Australia with their two dogs while the actor shoots the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film, Dead Men No Tales. However, because Pistol and Boo are understood to have flown into Australia on Depp and Heard’s private jet, the couple allegedly failed to satisfy the country’s strict animal import laws, which require dogs to spend at least 10 days in a government quarantine facility upon arrival down under.
The country’s Minister of Agriculture explained in a televised statement yesterday (May 14) that Depp had until Saturday (May 16) to remove the dogs from the country or they would be euthanised. In his statement today, Joyce addressed the controversy caused by his warning, writing: “Despite the hype and sensation surrounding the dogs’ owners, Australia has strict biosecurity requirements for good reasons—to protect Australia from exotic pests and diseases that can seriously harm humans, animals and our economy.”
“Dogs can potentially carry a range of diseases including rabies, ehrlichia, leishmania and leptospirosis. These diseases are not present in Australia and some can seriously affect people,” he continued. “I would like to thank the dog’s owners and their associates for their cooperation and compliance with the department’s quarantine directives.”
Authorities discovered that the dogs may have been imported into Australia illegally when a local canine grooming salon, Happy Dogz in Maudsland, Queensland, posted a picture of Depp and his dogs on Facebook with the message: “It’s an honour to be grooming Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s two Yorkshire Terriers.”