Thursday 22 February 2018

Fur flies as Depp's dogs face being put down in Australia

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were given 72-hour notice to send their two dogs back to the US (AP)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were given 72-hour notice to send their two dogs back to the US (AP)

Jonathan Pearlman in London

Australia has threatened to kill Johnny Depp's two pet dogs after the actor brought them into the country on a private jet without declaring them to quarantine officials.

Australia's agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce ordered Depp to remove the two Yorkshire terriers - named Boo and Pistol - from the country within 48 hours, saying "it's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States".

"If we start letting movie stars come into our nation [and break the laws], then why don't we just break the laws for everybody?" Mr Joyce said.

Depp (51), who is in Australia to film the latest 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie, is believed to have avoided Australia's strict quarantine rules by bringing Boo and Pistol in on his private jet to Queensland in late April.

The threat to kill the dogs sparked an angry response from animal lovers and fans of the actor, with one woman starting a petition to protect the dogs from death or expulsion.

Irish Independent

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