Actor accused of 'sneaking in' two Yorkshire terriers without satisfying animal import laws
Johnny Depp has been told that his dogs must “bugger off” out of Australia, or face being put down.
The actor, his wife Amber Heard and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, are currently residing in Queensland, Australia, where Depp is shooting 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, Barnaby Joyce, said in a televised statement earlier today (May 14): “He has decided to bring to our nation two dogs without actually getting proper certification and the proper permits required. Basically, it looks like he snuck them in.”
“Now Mr. Depp needs to take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanise them. He’s now got about 50 hours (out of a 72-hour notice period),” Joyce continued. “If we start letting movie stars even though they’ve been the ‘sexiest man alive’ twice to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody? It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States. After that I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Depp now has until Saturday (May 16) to remove Boo and Pistol from Australia. 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.”
Following Joyce’s warning, an Australian animal rights campaigner has set up a Change.org petition titled ‘Save Johnny Depp’s dogs – Agriculture Minister, don’t seize and destroy Boo & Pistol!’. At the time of writing, it has racked up nearly 6,000 signatures.