Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard has been charged for illegally smuggling dogs into Australia earlier this year.
Back in May, the couple made headlines after the country’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused Depp of illegally smuggling their two Yorkshire terriers into Australia while filming Pirates of the Caribbean.
Australia has very strict quarantine laws to prevent rabies and similar diseases from entering its shores. For a pet to be admitted into the country, the owner must first obtain a permit and the pet quarantined for 10 days on arrival – requirements Depp and Heard failed to meet.
‘If we start letting movie stars – even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice – to come into our nation (with pets), then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?’ said Joyce back in May. ‘It’s time that (the dogs) Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.’
After giving the couple 72 hours to send the dogs back to the US or they will be put down, Pistol and Boo were flown back to their homeland a few hours before the deadline.
Apparently that did not solve the matter, as the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions has now charged Heard on two of illegal smuggling of the pets and producing a false document. If found guilty, Heard faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and AUD102,000 (75,480) fine for the smuggling count alone.
Heard has been issued a summons to appear in a Queensland court on September 7.