Johnny Depp’s Dogs: Actor Could Face Jail Time For Illegally Bringing Pets Into Australia
Johnny Depp‘s dogs avoided getting euthanized after they were brought into Australia illegally, but Depp is still facing the possibility of jail time and a hefty fine.
Johnny Depp’s Dogs
If Depp ends up having to defend himself in court and is found guilty of illegally bringing his dogs into Australia, he could face up to 10 years in jail or a maximum fine of $265,000, an Australian Senate committee learned Monday, according to People magazine.
Currently, the Department of Agriculture is investigating how Depp’s dogs entered Australia, and is “unable to comment” on the latest report.
Depp and his wife Amber Heard brought their Yorkshire terriers to Australia earlier this month without filing the proper paperwork. Upon learning that Depp had brought his pets into the country illegally, officials warned the actor that his dogs would be euthanized if they were not sent back to the United States.
“If we start letting movie stars – even if they’ve been 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,” said Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s Minister of Agriculture.
“Now, Mr. Depp needs to take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanize them. He’s got about 50 hours (out of a 72-hour notice period),” Joyce said.