Johnny Depp’s legal troubles over his Yorkshire terriers are just not coming to an end. If anything, they are getting even worse.
Since the Australian government takes its quarantine laws very seriously, the 51-year-old Oscar nominee could now face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of $340,000 for sneaking his dogs down under on his private jet without any proper documentation or fulfilling the required 10-day quarantine period. His pilot could also be jailed for up to two years for playing a role in the illegal importation of the pets.
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 earlier this month, 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.
The threat was effective enough that Depp sent both his dogs back to California within the next few hours.
“If we start letting movie stars – even though they've been the Sexiest Man Alive twice – to come into our nation and break the laws, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody?” Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce had said at the time.
The pets were discovered after they were sent to a local dog groomer for some pampering.
The Hollywood heartthrob has not commented on the issue yet.
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