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Depp’s dogs saga prompts court summons

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Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard has been issued with a summons for illegally importing his two dogs into Australia on a private jet.

The Hollywood star came under fire in May for failing to declare his Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo to authorities on their arrival in Brisbane in April, where he is working on the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions issued Ms Heard with a summons on Tuesday, a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman confirmed.

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“All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, and have undergone relevant testing and health checks signed off by a government veterinarian from the exporting country to ensure pests and diseases from overseas are not brought here,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Johnny Depp's Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol were flown back to the United States a few days after Barnaby Joyce's ultimatum.
Johnny Depp’s Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol were flown back to the United States a few days after Barnaby Joyce’s ultimatum.

The saga fuelled international headlines when federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce demanded the two pups leave the country or be put down.

“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” he barked in May as he gave them a 50-hour deadline to leave.

The minister said he didn’t care if Depp had been voted the “sexiest man alive”, he still had to adhere to quarantine rules.

Mr Joyce was subsequently criticised for his handling of the case and labelled a “wanker” by radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands.

Pistol and Boo, oblivious to the canine conundrum they had created, were kept in a Gold Coast mansion belonging to motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan.

An investigation was launched into whether Depp or his pilot should be prosecuted for failing to declare the dogs.

In May, a Senate committee was told if the matter proceeds to a court and Depp is found guilty, the actor could face jail time or a maximum fine of $340,000.


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