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Friday, May 15, 2015

Australian Quarantine Authorities Have Given Johnny Depp Two Days to Get His Little Dogs Out of the Country

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on Thursday accused Depp of smuggling his beloved Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce into Canberra aboard his private jet when he returned to Australia on April 21 (after cutting his hand) to resume filming of the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.

The Agriculture Department on Wednesday gave Depp, 51, and wife Amber Heard, 29, 72-hour notice to send the pets packing back to the states or they will be put down.

"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?" Joyce said. "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."

Heard posted a photo of the dogs being held by Depp's daughter, Lily Rose, two months ago.

A petition has gone up at Change.org to save the dogs.

Australia has quarantine regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies spreading to its shores. To bring a pet in, owners must apply for a permit and submit to a 10-day quarantine period upon arrival.

Depp's pups were discovered when a handler had taken the terriers in a handbag to a Gold Coast dog groomer on Saturday, Joyce said. "Now Mr. Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we're going to have to euthanize them," Joyce said.

Depp's reps have not responded.

Joyce's spokesman Brett Chant said the dogs were in "home quarantine" at the moment, but would not say where, reports AP. And Joyce said the Agriculture Department would be responsible for putting the dogs down if they do not leave Australia.

"After that, I don't expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean," he said.




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