Johnny Depp’s Dogs Ordered to Leave Australia or Face Death
by Laura Cross
Published on May 14, 2015
He may play Captain Jack Sparrow and have been twice-named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive, but Johnny Depp must take his two Yorkshire Terriers back to the United States from Australia, or they could face euthanasia.
Depp is in Australia to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and the country’s Department of Agriculture says the actor brought his dogs, Pistol and Boo, illegally into the country on his private jet. The department says in a statement that Depp failed to obtain the necessary import permits and the dogs were not quarantined for a minimum of 10 days at a government quarantine facility when they arrived in the country. Australia has strict animal-import laws to prevent diseases and pests.
The department found out about the dogs when it heard the Yorkies were taken to a groomer.
On Wednesday, officials gave Depp and his girlfriend, Amber Heard, 72 hours to take Pistol and Boo back to the United States.
"It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off to the United States," Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, says at a press conference.
Of course, people are weighing in on social media and are calling the incident #WarOnTerriers. More than 9,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to save the dogs. What do you think of the whole ordeal? Let us know in the comments below.