Johnny Depp and wife escape charges for smuggling dogs into Australia

Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard are no doubt overjoyed after two of the four charges against Amber for illegally

Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard are no doubt overjoyed after two of the four charges against Amber for illegally bringing their dogs into Australia were dropped.

The pair made headlines last year when it was discovered Amber had brought their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country on a private plane without declaring the animals or filling out the correct paperwork.

Amber was facing two charges of illegal importation of an animal and one count of producing a false document, however the two biosecurity charges were dropped this morning.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrived at the Southport magistrates court this morning.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrived at the Southport magistrates court this morning.

The incident infuriated Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce who famously issued a stern-worded tirade against the pair and threatened to euthanise the dogs.

Johnny was here filming the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie when Amber dropped in to visit him with their beloved pups.

Due to Australia’s strict quarantine rules, Amber facing a maximum 10 years in prison and a $102,000 fine if convicted.

Johnny had previously spoken about the charges and Barnaby in an interview on a popular US talk show, saying he would “fly to Australia and assault that man (Joyce)” if he or his wife were arrested over the case.

Barnaby was not happy when the case first came to light going on national radio to tell Johnny and Amber exactly how he felt about it.

“Mr Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’ll euthanise them,” the MP said during an interview on 3AW Radio.

“That’s the deal.

“And if people think that’s a bit harsh, well I’ll tell you what harsh is. Harsh is if we let down our guard and ultimately rabies gets into the country.”

The pair are still in court with the result of the remaining two charges expected to be announced today.

Do you think Johnny Depp and Amber Heard should have faced the consequences for bringing their dogs into the country illegally? Or was this all blown out of proportion?

  1. clifford  

    I think Barnaby ” $670,000 office refurbishment ” Joyce should get some ” Green Fizz ” …and Euthanise …himself …and do this country a favour …….a total waste of time .money .and space I do not like Windsor …but he might be a better bet than Joyce !!

    • Margaret MacDonald  

      Clifford, You just said what I was thinking. Barnaby strutting around playing P.M. was a joke if it was not so serious. Red faced moron. Hope the Depps spread the word than a majority of Aussies are not like that.

      • Joy Anne Bourke  

        Clifford, how right you are, I was thinking the same thing. All blown out of proportion because of Barnaby

  2. Dianne Evans  

    Could have been handled on the quite with them bieng told not too do it again or face charges. A fine and slap on the wrist with all us none the wiser.

  3. Paul Goldfinch  

    What an absolute waste of time. I am pleased to see the Mr Debb had the decency to wear a suit and tie respecting our court system. The same of course goes for his wife. Mr Joyce should once again bury his head in the sand.

  4. Lyn Ford  

    Just a waste of time and money, yes the wrong thing was done
    but the dogs did come on a private plane I think it blown out of proportions
    Shame Shame Barnby Joyce
    That money could have been better spent on health, education or a number of resources
    needed in this country

  5. Jan Foley  

    For goodness sake – let it rest. A stern warning with the advice not to never do it again would have done. What a complete waste of money for johnny Depp, his wife and Australia. What a nasty man you are Barnaby Joyce!

    • Jan Foley  

      The dogs certainly didn’t look like they had rabies.

      • David  

        That’s the problem. When a dog is contagious however not in a full disease they can still be carriers and pass the disease along. Cost to Austrslia = $Billions. Can Depp or you for that matter afford the rectification bill?

        Bigger picture needs to be looked at.

        Now was it handled as well as it could have been? Different issue, different question.

  6. walter  

    OMG, what a joke!!! clogging up the court system, while muderers running around freely???

  7. Geoff  

    Wake up you idiots it is a bio-security matter, they broke the law by bringing the dogs to Australia without the necessary test and quarantine time ask yourself if they did have some disease and it spread throughout Australia what would you be saying then? The cost to Australia’s primary industry would devastating and would take away our green and clean image, kill a lot of our export potential to other countries, Barnaby Joyce at least had the guts to stand up for the safety of our country and his rural constituents three cheers.

    • Christine Campbell  

      Totally agree Geoff. Its all fine and dandy for people to say its a waste of time and money, but the law should apply to all and if you let people off , others will think its ok. It is vital to our agriculture to keep control of animals and plants that enter this country. Wake up people – this is not a political issue it is important to our survival.

    • Mary  

      I agree with Geoff. The law is the law. Yes it has gone a bit far but if anyone has seen a dog with rabies they would not be so forgiving. Let one in and another will follow. An strong warning needed to be shown.

    • As an ex quarantine officer , I have to agree with Geoff. You can’t have one rule for the rich and famous and another for all others . Its a biosecurity matter for heavens sake . Some people are too stupid to realise that .

    • Raewyn  

      Good on you, yes they did the wrong thing just because they are movie stars they shouldn’t get away with it the fine to light

  8. Depp by his language indicates the calibre of his nature
    The dogs should have been enthuniseđ and his wife should face the full consequences for her actions
    They both disrespected the laws of our country further showing what sort of people they really are
    If they care so much for animals there are plenty of animsl shelters to visit

  9. Chris  

    we have “more” problems with illigal immigrants and asylum seekers bringing in deseases
    JD dogs are pets well loo,ed after. What a waste of time and money going to court

  10. Come on everybody, she is the wife of a superstar. Who cares if she flouts Australian law? Oh that’s right – I do. Disrepectful. In my opinon the majority of Australians believe the laws of this great land should be the same for everyone.

  11. Steve Rayfield  

    Got to agree with Chris, yes the law was broken but could have been handled a lot better than ranting and raving by BJ. We have immigrants seeking to come to Australia, is BJ going to rant and rave about the possible deseases they could bring into the country that could kill humans. I think not

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