The verdict is in: Amber Heard fined for bringing her dogs into Australia

Actress Amber Heard has been ordered to pay a $1000 good behaviour bond for bringing her two Yorkshire terriers into
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Actress Amber Heard has been ordered to pay a $1000 good behaviour bond for bringing her two Yorkshire terriers into Australia.

She was joined in court by her husband Johnny Depp as she pleaded guilty to producing a false document to Australian customs officials.

Ms Heard’s lawyer said she had unknowingly given the incorrect documents to customs officials and now just wanted to get the case over and done with and move on.

Earlier, two charges of illegally importing animals were dismissed.

The original charges carried a sentence of a maximum 10 years in prison and a $102,000 fine if convicted.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan handed down her verdict in the Southport Magistrates court this afternoon deciding on a considerably reduced punishment.

While Ms Heard and Mr Depp are no doubt thrilled with the results, many Australians believe they should have had to pay more and suffer the consequences of breaking our strict quarantine laws.

The court was shown a video of Ms Heard and Mr Depp, which they recorded earlier, saying they were deeply sorry for what they had done.

Barnaby Joyce shared the video on his Facebook page, saying we can’t take the risk when it comes to quarantine issues.

Mr Joyce famously kicked up a fuss about the issue when it first came to light, publicly blasting the couple for flouting the law.

There have been suggestions the couple was let off due to their celebrity status, with many saying it’s just another case of famous people getting away with breaking the law.

What do you think?

Does the punishment fit the crime? Or should Amber Heard have had to pay more for breaking the law?

  1. Joy Anne Bourke  

    Yes the punishment does fit the crime. No more.
    I would like to know how they got pass Customs in the first place??? That shows that we are not safe here in Australia.
    Anyone can do the same thing with worse consequences.

  2. Is the situation this— They arrived in Australia on a Private Aircraft, and were not subject to the inspections that are compulsory when most other People arrive on a Commercial Flight. If this is the case, it must be changed.

    • Roma guerin  

      I completely agree. We fight to protect our flora and fauna, and our agriculture too, with our so called strict quarantine laws. It is crazy that wealthy people can so easily flout them.

  3. Robyn Jefferson  

    Get your act together Customs.

  4. Who actually benefits from the fine? I think it would have been great if as well as paying the fine, the judge ordered them to pay a considerable amount of money to an animal shelter of some kind.

  5. Who actually benefits from the fine? I think it would have been great if as well as paying the fine, the judge ordered them to pay a considerable amount of money to an animal shelter of some kind.

  6. There’s a lot worse than just a couple of little pooches coming into our country and I don’t see anyone being fined for that!

  7. Paul Goldfinch  

    What a waste of time and money. A caution in the first place would have been enough. I am please to see they both showed respect to the Australian Court System by turning up to face the Judge dressed correctly. Good luck to both of them. Barnaby Joyce, get a life.

  8. Meg  

    I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. You have to remember these are pampered pooches, they will be clean enough to eat off, unlike the embarrassment known as Barnaby who always looks like he needs a bath.

  9. Ron Bellcha  

    It is so sad that people who should know better than these, are given a very light fine, if it had been someone who was not well off, without a name, they would have been gaoled and fined harshly, no Justice for the poor, and the rich and well known.

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