Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, has been charged over a security breach after illegally bringing the couple’s dogs into Australia and is due in a court on September 7.
The dogs Boo and Pistol captured international attention when a harsh statement given by agriculture minister of Australia. “He ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death.”
She has been charged with two accounts of illegally importing the Yorkshire terriers into the Commonwealth and one count of producing a fake document.
Penalties for importation charges include a fine of 100,000 Australian dollars or 10 years imprisonment. The fake document charge carries a penalty of a fine AU$10,000 or up to one year in prison.
After few days of media and global criticism, the dogs were sent back to the United States.
Depp, 52 year-old American superstar, has been filming the fifth and the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in a coastal city of Gold Coat, Australia.
The new sequel of the Pirates of the Caribbean titled as “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set to make an impact worldwide in the year 2017.
Australia has strict rules and regulations regarding the animal importation to its shores. In order to bring a pet into the country, one needs to apply for a permit and quarantine on arrival. These are the measure taken to prevent diseases such as rabies.
“If we start letting movie stars to come into our nation (with pets), then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?” Barnabay Joyce said.
After Joyce’s comments, social media users started an online campaign to save Pistol and Boo. Many twitter users expressed their support for the cause by the social media hashtag #WaronTerrier.
“You, I, everybody – we’re equal before the law,” he said.
The doggie debacle case is due to be heard in a Queensland court on September 7.