The three counts with which Heard has been charged are related to illegal importation and producing a false document; the worst-case scenario is an 11-year prison sentence.
Amber Heard, wife of Johnny Depp, has been charged with dog smuggling in Australia after the couple brought their two Yorkies into the country via private jet. The model and actress could face up to 10 years in prison and be fined $75,000. She also faces another hefty fine if convicted of the false document charge.
According to TIME, Depp and his wife were in Australia during the filming of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie when they made headlines after reports broke out about them keeping dogs, Pistol and Boo, which were illegally imported.
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Heard has been issued a summons to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland on September 7.
A Department of Agriculture officer escorted the pair from the couple’s mansion on Queensland’s Gold Coast to the airport, where the dogs boarded a flight to the USA hours before the deadline.
Depp and Heard have been staying in a luxury compound owned by Australian motorcycle champion Mick Doohan in their time on the Gold Coast.
The Hollywood couple caused uproar after they smuggled their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without the proper checks.
“He was going from room to room seeing all the kids who couldn’t get out of bed”, Max’s mom Rachel told ABC Australia of the star’s visit.
Magic Mike XXL actress Heard has yet to respond publically to the summons, but last month (June) she appeared to criticise Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, over his handling of the Pistol and Boo incident. Joyce said of Depp.
Joyce further said that the strict implementation of importation laws is due to the fear of rabies that may not only affect people but other animals in the ecosystem, Business Insider said.
The dogs’ presence in Australia only came to light when they were taken to a grooming salon.
“I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials”.