Amber Heard Charged With Illegally Bringing Dogs Into Australia

Amber Heard
Amber Heard has been charged with illegally bringing her two dogs into Australia, nearly two months after her husband Johnny Depp was ordered to take the pooches out of the country or surrender them for euthanasia. Samir Hussein/Getty Images


Ruh-roh. Amber Heard was charged this week in Australia for illegally bringing her and Johnny Depp’s two dogs into the country, nearly two months after her husband angered the agriculture minister for the same exact reason.

The Magic Mike XXL star, 29, was summoned on Wednesday, July 15, to an Australia court on two counts of illegally importing the Yorkshire terrier puppies, named Pistol and Boo, and was also charged on one count of producing an unspecified false document.

The charges can lead to a maximum of 10 years behind bars, and a fine of $75,000.

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Amber Heard and one of her dogs in New York City on April 13, 2014<br /> LUIS JR RODRIGO/RAMEY

Heard and her world-famous husband have been in Australia as he films the fifth installment of his smash Disney franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean. The couple tied the knot this past February in two ceremonies.

Australia, a country that has stringent agricultural policies, requires a permit and quarantine for pets for at least a 10-day duration. Depp violated its laws this past May when he was accused by Australian Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce of smuggling Pistol and Boo into his private jet.

The agricultural authority then gave Depp an ultimatum of 72 hours: to either take the dogs out of the country, or to hand them over to be euthanized. “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?” Joyce told ABC at the time. “It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.”

Both puppies were escorted to the airport by an officer and boarded a plane, hours before the deadline was up.

Following the debacle, Heard publicly slammed Joyce in an interview last month on Australia’s Sunrise morning show. “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there,” the actress said. “I don’t know, I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.”

Heard has been summoned to a court in Queensland on Sept. 7.

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