Johnny Depp may face up to 10 years in jail or maximum fines of around $262K for illegally bringing his dogs, Pistol and Boo, with him to Australia to film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Depp landed in the country via private jet and failed to declare his Yorkshire terriers, in turn breaking the country’s strict quarantine laws. The pilot of his jet may also face two years in jail.
The law states that any animals making a trip to Australia need the proper permits and quarantine time before being allowed into the country. The hullabaloo all began when Depp posted pictures on social media of his dogs at a local groomer to his social media channels. After spotting the photos, Australian agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce asked Depp to fly the dogs out of the country within two days, or they would be forced to euthanize both of his pets. Barnaby’s exact words: “It’s time that Pistol and Boo bugger off back to the United States. After that, I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.”
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