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Johnny Depp Sent to the Dog House? Could Face Jail Time for Smuggling His Pups into Australia

Posted May 28, 2015 in A Pet's Life

Two Yorkies with Australia flag

Johnny Depp is a well known movie celeb, but right now he’s making headlines in the pet world. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has been filming the 5th installment of the movie series in Australia and brought his two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, along for the ride.

According to Nardine Saad of the LA Times, about two weeks ago, Depp and his wife were accused of smuggling the dogs into Queensland on his private jet when they didn’t provide the proper documents or declare them on customs forms.

Saad reports, Barnaby Jocye, Australia’s Minister of Agriculture was outraged. “Why don’t we just break the law for everybody?” he is quoted as asking sarcastically. Joyce even threatened to euthanize the pups if they didn’t return to the U.S. in 72 hours, Depp “acquiesced to this request,” and sent the dogs back to the America. 

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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