Wednesday 26 October 2016

Depp's wife charged with illegally taking pet dogs to Australia


Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally bringing the couple's dogs to Australia - an incident that captured global attention after the nation's agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death.

Heard was charged this week with two counts of illegally importing Pistol and Boo into Australia and one count of producing a false document.


The importation charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of AU$102,000 (€69,000).

The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of $10,200.

Heard was issued a summons to appear in a Queensland court on September 7. Her lawyers could petition the court to appear on her behalf, but given the seriousness of the charge, it's likely she'll need to appear in person, particularly if she is in Australia at that time.

The doggie debacle began in May, after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused actor Depp (52) of smuggling the couple's Yorkshire terriers aboard his private jet when he returned to Australia to resume filming of the fifth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.

Australia has strict quarantine regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies from spreading to its shores.

Bringing pets into the country involves applying for a permit and quarantine on arrival of at least 10 days.

In an interview last month, Heard said she and Depp planned to avoid Australia as much as possible in the future "thanks to certain politicians there".

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