Amber Heard charged for smuggling dogs into Australia

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amber Heard faces dog charges in Australia.

Johnny Depp’s actress wife Amber Heard has been summoned to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland over the allegations of smuggling her two Yorkshire terriers in Australia.Heard was charged with two counts of illegally importing dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia in May and one count of producing a false document, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions said today. The doggie debacle began in May, after agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce accused the couple of smuggling the dogs aboard Johnny’s private jet when he returned to Australia to resume filming of the fifth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.

The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU$10 200. AP Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce says he’s not worried that prosecuting Johnny Depp’s partner over their dogs is a mean look internationally. The law is the same for everybody.” “There is no preferential treatment here. “It’s not just the people on the streets that would be affected, if that got out into the general wild dog population in Australia, which is massive, it would have devastating effects. “It’s also a pathogen that could make its way into the bat population, and how many towns do you know that have a bat colony smack bang, unfortunately, in the middle of town? You come into our nation, you have to abide biosecurity protocols.” The prosecutor’s office would not answer questions about why Depp wasn’t charged, citing the ongoing nature of the case. The Department of Agriculture, which conducted the investigation, also declined to comment, saying the decision on charges was up to prosecutors. “The seriousness of the offense is not whether two little puppies — who look like they could give you a nasty nip on the ankle — are dreadful animals, it’s about the risk to biosecurity,” Potts said. “Barnaby Joyce, the minister, told them in colorful language to bugger off — they did.

In May, a Senate committee was told if the matter proceeds to a court and Depp is found guilty, the actor could face jail time or a maximum fine of $340,000. And I’m sure the court will take all of those things into account.” In an interview last month, Heard said she and Depp planned to avoid Australia as much as possible in the future “thanks to certain politicians there.”

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