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Johnny Depp's wife facing jail in Australia for smuggling dogs

By AP Reporter

Published 17/07/2015

Star couple: Johnny and Amber
Star couple: Johnny and Amber

Johnny Depp's wife has been charged with illegally bringing the couple's dogs to Australia.

It comes after the Australian Agriculture Minister sparked world attention by ordering the animals to get out of the country or be put down.

Actress Amber Heard (29) has been charged with two counts of illegally importing dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia and one count of producing a false document.

The more serious importation charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of £48,000. The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of A$10,200 (£4,800).

The canine calamity began in May when the minister, Barnaby Joyce, accused Depp (52) of smuggling the couple's Yorkshire terriers aboard his private jet when he returned to Australia to resume filming of the fifth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.

Australia has strict quarantine regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies from spreading to its shores.

Bringing pets into the country involves applying for a permit and quarantine on arrival of at least 10 days.

"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?" Mr Joyce said at the time. "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."

Officials gave Depp and Heard 72 hours to send Pistol and Boo back to the US, warning that if not, the dogs would be put down.

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