Johnny’s time in Australia has gone to the dogs…literally. He has recently spent a cool $400 000 flying his beloved pet Yorkshire Terriers “Pistol” and “Boo” back to the US in his private jet to spare them from euthanasia by the Australian government.
Pistol and Boo have been ordered by Australia to “bugger off” back to Hollywood or face being put down after Johnny flew the terriers into the country illegally – as literally thousands signed a petition to save them. Johnny has been in and out of Australia to film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and was given the grim warning by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on Thursday. “Just because he’s Johnny Depp does not mean he’s exempt from Australian law,” Joyce told reporters, as the hashtag #WarOnTerrier quickly became the top-trending topic on Twitter Down Under.
Australia has strict rules to keep disease at bay, requiring cats and dogs from the US to spend at least 10 days in quarantine. But Depp appears to have ignored the rules, arriving in Brisbane last month with the Yorkshire terriers in tow without declaring them to customs. The Hollywood star flew them in on his private jet.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals. You get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” said Joyce, with customs authorities expected to seize the dogs imminently.
He said he became aware that Depp had the dogs with him after they were spotted being taken to a groomer.
“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” added the minister.
“He can send them back or we will have to euthanise them.”
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton weighed into the issue, saying Depp could face large fines for breaching quarantine procedure. He told Fairfax radio it was a serious matter “because if you have breaches of biosecurity, it can have big impacts”.
With Joyce giving Johnny only 50 hours to get the dogs out of the country or face the consequences of euthanasia, the media gathered outside his rented mansion on the Gold Coast and one news outlet, Guardian Australia, even started a countdown clock. An online petition was started at change.org to save the pets and gathered more than 3,500 signatures within hours. “There’s just 48 hours before Johnny Depp‘s two puppies Boo & Pistol could be euthanized by Australian authorities. Please help save them!” said the petition. “He (Joyce) shouldn’t kill these cute dogs simply because Depp didn’t follow particular rules!” It added: “Have a heart Barnaby! Don’t kill these cute puppies.”
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