Johnny Depp’s dogs could face euthanasia in Australia after authorities claim the actor failed to declare the canines when he entered the country.
Depp and his wife Amber Heard returned to Australia’s Gold Coast last month so he could continue filming the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.
The couple are believed to have taken their terriers Boo and Pistol along on their private jet and arrived on April 20. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard could see their two pet dogs seized by the authorities after claims they didn’t declare them when the actor returned to Australia to continue filming the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — he is pictured here with Pistol.
The Courier Mail reported on Thursday that Depp and Heard failed to declare their pets.
According to the newspaper, Australia’s Department Of Agriculture had contacted the Hollywood couple about bringing the canines illegally in Australia.
If the dogs had not been declared under the normal requirements, as stipulated by law, the authorities can seize them and ship the animals back to the U.S. or put them down.
The newspaper reports that the raid is due imminently and the canines will be taken by police or department officials.
2. The newlyweds could see their pets put down by the Australian authorities after they flew in with them by private jet last month (pictured).
3. On Thursday the Department of Agriculture said they couldn’t comment on individual cases, but revealed any animal which is imported without meeting Australia’s import conditions will be ordered into quarantine and will either be exported or euthanized.
A Department of Agriculture spokesperson told The Daily Mail:
The Department of Agriculture is the Australian Government authority that manages animal imports to protect people’s health as well as animal and plant health.
Any animal which is imported without meeting Australia’s import conditions will be ordered into quarantine and will either be exported or euthanized.
The department is unable to comment on an individual’s imports or personal circumstances, regardless of whether that person is a public figure.
4. The dogs (Boo is pictured here with Amber) are both thought to still be with the superstar couple.
Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce took an even stronger stance on the issue. Speaking with radio station ABC 612 Brisbane, the minister said:
There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them.
But 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.
It is believed that the two dogs are still with the couple.
5. Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce: Pistol and Boo “can bugger off back to the United States”.
6. Johnny Depp’s dogs face euthanasia for not being declared.
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