Johnny Depp’s wife charged for bringing dogs into Australia after official …

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Amber Heard Charged With Illegally Bringing Dogs Boo and Pistol to Australia, Thereby Violating Quarantine Act 1908.

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. Heard and Depp brought their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, on their private plane to Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth “Pirates of the Carribean” movie, in May.

While Depp has not been charged, Heard was hit with two counts of illegally importing the dogs and one count of producing a false document for information on an incoming passenger card, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions said. The importation charges carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $75,000 fine while the document charges carries up to one year in prison and a fine of about $7,500. Her lawyers could petition the court to appear on her behalf, but given the seriousness of the charge, it’s likely she’ll need to appear in person, particularly if she is in Australia at that time, said Bill Potts, a criminal defense attorney based in the Queensland capital, Brisbane.

The CDPP’s action follows an incident where a biosecurity officer attended a Gold Coast property in April and found two dogs alleged to be illegally imported,” a spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Agriculture told E! News in a statement Wednesday. “All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, and have undergone relevant testing and health checks signed off by a government veterinarian from the exporting country to ensure pests and diseases from overseas are not brought here.” Joyce discussed Heard’s charges with the media Thursday. “Everything in Australia, we absolutely enforce and make sure people understand, look, a lot of things we’re easy-going about, but we’re not easy-going about biosecurity. And I’m sure the court will take all of those things into account.” Australia has strict quarantine regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies from spreading to its shores. Heard, just like you or I, have the capacity to go to court and present their case.” Joyce added, “All people are equivalent before the law and I think that’s the Australian ethos and we like it that way. 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.

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.” Heard also threw shade at Joyce, saying, “I don’t know, I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.” “That’s a bit disappointing,” Samantha Armytage said after the interview. “She should be more respectful of our quarantine laws.” David Koch agreed with his colleague, saying, “Hollywood types.

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