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Amber Heard, Johnny Depp's Snuck-In Dogs to Be Put Down?

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By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 07:44 AM

The Australian government has threatened to kill Pistol and Boo, the two dogs shared by Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

According to The Brisbane Times, agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said as much in a Thursday press conference, where he scolded the actors for sneaking the Yorkshire terriers into the country on a private jet.

"He has decided to bring to our nation two dogs without actually getting proper certification and the proper permits required. Basically, it looks like he snuck them in," Joyce told reporters. "We found out he snuck them in because we saw him taking them to a poodle groomer."

"Mister Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we are going to have to euthanize them. He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs," he added.

Moving animals from one country to another poses public health risks, and customs officials are constantly on the lookout for diseases like rabies.

"I’ll tell you how close [rabies] is, it’s in Bali, it’s just next door, so this is not fanciful stuff and therefore we’re very diligent about what comes into our nation," he said.

"The reason you can walk through a park in Brisbane and not sort of have in the back of your mind — what happens if a rabid dog comes out and bites me or bites my kid — is because we’ve kept that disease out."

After the news broke, The Guardian reported that reporters and photographers had flocked to Depp's mansion on the Gold Coast, and began snapping pictures of the pups through the windows.

Joyce seemed to be aware that announcing the possible slaughter of Depp's dogs wasn't going to make him a popular guy, and joked with reporters, saying "After that, I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'"

"If you start letting movie stars — even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation [with pets], then why don't we just break laws for everybody?"



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