Johnny Depp Could Face Jail Time For Bringing His Two Dogs Into Australia

May 27, 2015

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Actor Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison after he decided to illegally bring his two Yorkshire terriers to Australia.

The star is currently filming the latest installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, but he will apparently have to resolve some legal issues first since he’s now caught up in controversy after breaking the country’s quarantine laws.

The Australian law indicates that dogs must be kept under quarantine for at least 10 days after they arrive, in order to protect against the spread of disease. Sydney Morning Herald reports that government officials have said Depp could face up to a decade in jail, or a maximum fine of $340,000.

Dogs’ Destiny Is Unsure

All hell broke loose when it emerged that the actor had entered the country by private jet and failed to declare to customs officers his two pets were also on board. Senate committee hearing in Caberra later discussed this high-profile case and the Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, even threaten to have the two dogs put down.

Joyce also said he was “seriously worried” and that now the question is if Depp “breached the laws, then did he follow the correct laws in the US? My worry is will the US let them back in? If not … will they have anywhere to go?”

“He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew in on and fly back out of our nation.”

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