Johnny Depp's dogs were put on a flight back to the United States from Australia today, just before their deadline to be put down.
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, tweeted Friday about the dogs' abrupt departure.
Dogs gone.— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) May 15, 2015
The actor, who is currently down under to shoot Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was issued an ultimatum by the Australian government, warning that his two Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, will be put down if he didn’t remove them from the country within 50 hours.
As bizarre – and extreme – as the threat sounds, it’s all because Depp failed to put his pets into quarantine.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals: You get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” said Joyce. “But if we start letting movie stars – even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice – to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”
While the minister does have a point, euthanizing innocent animals does not seem the appropriate solution to this – or any – problem. Not to mention, the entire thing isn’t the terriers’ fault.
The minister also asserted that Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, illegally snuck in their dogs on their private jet. The canines were only discovered after they were taken to a Gold Coast pet groomer “Happy Dogz” for some quality pampering.
“[Depp] has now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly back out of our nation," Joyce added. “And after that I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.”
If it weren’t for the lives of the terriers, this whole situation would have been rather ridiculous.
An online petition, aptly titled “Save Johnny Depp's dogs – Agriculture Minister, don't seize and destroy Boo & Pistol!” circulated the Internet and secured thousands of signatures.
Dog – and Depp – lovers also took it to Twitter to express their concern and disdain over the deadly ultimatum, some even using hashtag #WarOnTerrier.
If Depp's dogs are captured they need only yell "parley" and they will be taken to their enemy captor, Barnaby Joyce, for negotiations.— Rick Morton (@SquigglyRick) May 14, 2015
can't believe depp got busted taking his hounds to the poodle groomer. what a doofus – groom your damn dogs in secret like the rest of us— adam brereton (@adambrereton) May 14, 2015
Mr Depp, we're just taking your dogs to a farm. They'll be well looked after. No, it's probably best if you don't visit.— Stephen Murray (@smurray38) May 13, 2015
"Who's a good boy who decides who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come? We are! Oh yes we are!" #WarOnTerrier— Patrick Stokes (@patstokes) May 14, 2015
I thought Australia was opposed to the death penalty... #WarOnTerrier— Chris Rowley (@RosebudRowley) May 14, 2015