Johnny Depp’s wife’s ‘dog smuggling’ case delayed until November

Amber Heard was charged in July with two counts of illegally importing animals into Australia

The court hearing handling allegations that Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard illegally “smuggled” two dogs into Australia earlier this year has been adjourned until November.

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).

The actress was due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland earlier today (September 7), the Associated Press reports, but did not attend the hearing, which has now been adjourned until November 2.

Her husband has been shooting the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film in Queensland since 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, which have made headlines worldwide, during a press conference in Venice last week. 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.”