Cats are the animals that are supposed to have nine lives, but so does this ongoing story about Johnny Depp’s dogs. On Thursday, the Australian government charged Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, with illegally bringing her two Yorkshire terriers into the country. Heard, who is currently seen trying not to fall for Channing Tatum in the film “Magic Mike XXL,” now faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000 for smuggling the dogs.
The government’s decision is just the latest development in this strange situation that started in May, when Depp and Heard let their Yorkies, Pistol and Boo, bound off their private jet and into Australia without meeting the country’s 10-day quarantine requirement.
“The seriousness of the offense is not whether two little puppies — who look like they could give you a nasty nip on the ankle — are dreadful animals, it’s about the risk to biosecurity,” criminal defense attorney Bill Potts told the Associated Press. “Was there a risk? Potentially, but not actually. And I’m sure the court will take all of those things into account.”
Although they initially faced government-mandated euthanasia, Pistol and Boo were given a one-way trip back to the United States, where they will remain.