Amber Heard and Johnny Depp skipping court hearing in Australia over dog case and enjoying Venice Film Festival instead

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This past May actors Johnny Depp and wife, Amber Heard travelled to Australia for the shooting of Depp’s fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. During the trip, Heard failed to declare their Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol on the incoming passenger card which has resulted in quite the dog saga.

Due to the isolated location of Australia it has extremely strict biosecurity laws and quarantine regulations to help prevent any potential disease from spreading. In order to legally bring a pet into the country the owner is required to apply for a permit and understand that upon arrival the pet will be placed under quarantine for 10 days.

Depp’s dogs went undetected until a photograph of them at a grooming station were seen. Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, then demanded that the dogs be sent back to the US. Joyce stated that “If he doesn’t take Boo and Pistol back, we do have to euthanise them” and that “just because he’s Johnny Depp doesn’t make him exempt from Australian laws.” They returned the dogs to the U.S. just hours before the government deadline.

Heard was charged in July on two counts of illegally importing dogs and one count for producing a false incoming passenger card on which she failed to declare the dogs. Earlier today at the Southport Magistrates’ Court in Queensland, Heard failed to make an appearance at which the charges were to be presented. The court has been adjourned until November 2. The couple were seen at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

While this may seem like a rather light-hearted case, the Sydney Morning Herald state that Heard can face up to a maximum of 10 years in a jail and/or a fine of $340,000. Depp has no charges pending. While promoting his new film Black Mass last weekend in Venice he was asked whether he planned on taking his dogs on a gondola ride while in Venice. Depp joked by stating, “'I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kinda, I dunno, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”

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