Traveling with animals is far from the easiest of tasks, but traveling with animals without proper permits is downright foolish, as Johnny Depp has recently found out. Currently in Queensland to film the latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it has been alleged by Australian authorities that he “snuck in” two Yorkshire terriers—named Pistol and Boo—on a private plane. Australia is taking a decisive stance with Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce announcing in an interview that if the dogs haven’t “buggered off back to the United States” by Sunday May 17, then they will be put down.
Australian authorities allege that Depp decided to bring his two pooches into “our nation, despite not getting the proper certification and the proper permits required. Basically it looked like he snuck them in.” By doing so, he circumvented a strict 10-day quarantine requirement for all animal imports. Once the dogs had arrived down under, Depp reportedly had an assistant take them to the Happy Dogz grooming parlor in Maudsland, Queensland—where the owners posted a pic of the dogs and their celebrity dad to Facebook.
Or in other words, the Department of Agriculture “became aware of an illegal animal importation on Tuesday 12 May.” Which led to the dogs being impounded and a countdown to begin.
Jones appears to be using this instance to highlight Australia’s highly stringent animal import laws, stating—slightly bizarrely—in a televised interview “If we start letting movie stars, even if they’ve been ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ twice, to come into our nation then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody. It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States. After that I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.'”
Given Depp’s immense wealth, we can be fairly confident that the worst fate these pups will suffer is jet lag, but it does certainly serve as a clear warning for anyone else thinking they can sneak their pets across borders.