Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard to stand trial for alleged dog smuggling in ‘war on terrier’ case

The actress is accused of bringing the couple's dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia illegally

Amber Heard will face trial next year over allegations that she “smuggled” two dogs belonging to her and husband Johnny Depp into Australia.

A judge at Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland has scheduled the trial deciding the so-called “war on terrier” case for April 18. The actress will be required to attend the trial in person, a court official told AFP yesterday (December 14).

Heard was charged in 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). Heard has previously confirmed that she intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

Her husband started shooting the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film in Queensland in February. His stay Down Under made headlines in late April 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, have since been returned safely to the US.

Depp made fun of the “dog smuggling” allegations during a recent 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.”