Johnny Depp’s Australian dog scandal heats up

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Johnny Depp could face jail time for illegally bringing dogs to Australia.

The Hollywood star has been Down Under filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and recently heard about a flying fox that was found near the film’s set.According to People, an Australian Senate committee was told Monday the actor could face jail time or a maximum fine of $265,000 if the case ends up going to court.Johnny Depp flew his beloved pups out of Australia earlier this month before government officials put them down over a permit dispute, but the case apparently isn’t over yet. Officials at The Australian Bat Clinic rescued the bat and named her Jacki Sparrow after Depp’s movie character, Jack Sparrow, and now the actor has volunteered to pay for the animal’s care.

Clinic director Trish Wimberley tells the, “He was very interested in it (Jacki Sparrow) and so we asked if Johnny would like to sponsor her, because we do sponsor little babies and he said yes. The country has strict laws to minimize biosecurity risks that require animals to spend 10 days in quarantine, and pet owners must apply for a permit. The news has given Depp something to smile about after he fell foul of Australian law by illegally taking his two dogs into the country without going through the proper quarantine procedures. Australia’s Minister of Agriculture Barnaby Jones placed a deadline of 50 hours for the dogs to be removed from the country before the government would supervise their euthanization.

Joyce accused Depp of violating Australia’s animal quarantine policies and threatened to have the dogs killed because they posed a threat to the country’s bio-security. “There is a process if you want to bring animals in: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” Joyce told Australian media. “But if we start letting movie stars — even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”

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