**Update: April 18, 2016**
Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard posted a video apologizing to the Australian government for sneaking their dogs into the country without informing immigration about the pups’ presence.
According to CNN, “The court magistrate gave Heard a one-month good behavior bond sentence, CNN-affiliate 7 News Australia said. If Heard breaks the bond, she will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Australian dollars ($767) but the incident will not go on record.”
**Update: December 8, 2015**
According to the Los Angeles Times, Amber Heard is planning on pleading “not guilty” to charges of illegally importing animals to Australia.
The actress released a statement saying:
Whilst I am unable to comment on the specific matters before the Court I would like to say that I respect the importance of Australia’s laws. My decision to defend these charges, as will become apparent in the appropriate forum of the Court, is not intended in any way to diminish the importance of Australia’s laws.
We will continue to update this story when more news is available.
**Update July 17, 2015**
Looks like Johnny Depp and his wife have more trouble coming their way as Amber Heard has been charged with smuggling the couple’s two dogs into Australia, illegally.
While Heard has been charged with two counts of illegally bringing dogs into the country and one count of false documentation, Depp has not been charged and it’s unclear why.
According to BBC, “Under importation charges, the actress could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars (£48,000). The false document charge, which relates to information given on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU$10,200 (£4,800).”
**Updated May 15, 2015**
Johnny Depp has had his pups flown out of Australia. Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce sent out this tweet as confirmation.
— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) May 15, 2015
Johnny Depp snuck his two Yorkshire Terriers into Australia back in April, when he began shooting for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean installment.
However, Depp was caught on May 12, after the pet grooming salon Happy Dogz posted a picture of Boo and Pistol with the caption, “It’s an honour to be grooming Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s two Yorkshire Terriers.”
In an interview Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s Agriculture Minister made this statement:
“Which comes to the next issue, which is a gentleman by the name of John Christopher Depp, 51 years old. A.K.A. Jack Sparrow. And he’s decided to bring into our nation two dogs without getting the proper certification and the proper permits required. Basically it looks like he snuck them in. We found out he snuck them in because we saw him taking them to a poodle groomer.
“Now Mr Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanise them. He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly back out of our nation.
“Why is this important? There are diseases,” Joyce said. “If we start letting movie stars, even though they have been the Sexiest Man Alive twice, to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody. It is time that Pistol and Boo buggered off to the United States.”
Threatening to euthanize the tail-waggers? Perhaps a little too far. Though it’s important to note that Depp did break the law.
A Change.org petition started by fans appealed to save the pooches and has received over 9,000 signatures. The petition even tries to reason with Joyce, saying “Have a heart Barnaby! Don’t kill these cute puppies.”
Hurry up and get your pups out of the country, Jack Sparrow! You’ve got no time to lose.