Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s two dogs, Pistol and Boo, must be flown out of Australia – or risk being euthanized – after the actor smuggled them into the country without appropriately quarantining them first. The Hollywood star reportedly brought the two Yorkshire terriers along with him on his private jet when he touched down on the Gold Coast last month. Johnny, 51, is there filming the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Australia has strict biosecurity laws in place to protect its fragile ecosystem, and pets must have proper documentation and be quarantined for at least 10 days upon arrival. The rigorous measures prevent diseases from coming in and wreaking havoc on local wildlife.
Johnny and Amber are in hot water with Australia's minister of agriculture. Photo © Getty
"If you start letting movie stars — even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation [with pets], then why don't we just break laws for everybody?" Australia's Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said in a televised statement this week.
The department of agriculture only discovered that Johnny had "snuck them" in after the actor had an assistant take the cute pups to a dog groomer last week. A photo of a groomer holding the cute pooches surfaced on Facebook, along with the caption: "It's an honour to be grooming Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's two Yorkshire Terriers."
Amber shared a photo of Johnny's daughter Lily-Rose holding the dogs. Photo © Instagram
Johnny has until Saturday (May 14) to fly his beloved Terriers back to America. If he fails to comply, the dogs may be put down.
"Now Mr. Depp needs to take his dogs back to California or we're going to have to euthanize them,” added Barnaby.
Neither Johnny nor Amber have officially commented on the ultimatum, though the actor’s rep says the pooches were currently in “home quarantine.”
If the newlyweds need help flying their dogs out fast, they may want to give Mariah Carey a call. Last year, the pop diva reportedly chartered a $185,000 private jet for her eight dogs so they could enjoy a vacation at the Paw Seasons, a luxury pet hotel in England.