American actor, eco-friendly home owner, and green celebrity activist Johnny Depp may have legitimately stepped into the proverbial poo this time. The charitable 51-year-old actor has allegedly committed a crime in the eyes of Australian officials that could net him up to 10 years in prison. The star celeb is apparently in legal trouble over his purebred Yorkshire Terriers — Pistol and Boo — family pets he allegedly smuggled into Australia illegally aboard a private jet last month when he returned to continue work on the fifth installment of the hit movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
As of May 27, 2015, Depp faces up to 10 years in prison for the “faux paw.” He could also face a fine of up to AU $340,000.00 — equivalent to over a quarter million U.S. dollars notes KFOR.com, a mainstream media news outlet in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
Australia has strict quarantine laws, requiring pets entering the country to be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days upon arrival, to help avoid spreading disease. But Depp skirted those laws, and customs officers who boarded the plane upon arrival discovered nothing awry initially. It wasn’t until someone spotted the pooches at a local groomer’s that the fur began to fly. Pictures were taken and posted on Facebook, and the Yorkies rose to stardom even faster than the star celeb himself.
After the dogs were discovered in the country illegally, Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the Terriers euthanized unless the actor agreed to ship them out of the country within 50 hours. Depp complied, sending wife Amber Heard back to California with the pups.
It is unclear whether Johnny Depp himself left the set and returned to California to be with the trio at any time, but his publicists have said he did not.
The Hollywood actor is known for his love of animals. Among his many gifts to charities far and wide, Johnny Depp supports both Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping dogs in homes instead of on chains, and Much Love Animal Rescue, a nonprofit, no-kill organization that focuses on population control and animal abuse and neglect.
But maybe next time, if Johnny Depp wants to pamper his pooches, he’ll consider declaring the dogs and putting up with the inconvenience of a 10-day quarantine. Because a quarter million dollars is some pretty serious pampering, even if he can afford it.
Depp still shines in the latest installment of the “Black Mass” movie trailer, notes Hollywood.com. “‘Black Mass’ is the true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf…” says the website, an online entertainment news media source. The film is tentatively scheduled for release in September of 2015.
Johnny Depp, the former paramour of French model and actress Vanessa Pardis, married actress Amber Heard in 2015. His primary residence is an eco-friendly home the actor and his former girlfriend built on a private island located near the Bahamas.
The celebrity couple are involved in humanitarian efforts as charitable star celebs. They also make an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle whenever they are home enjoying time with his two children at their luxury island property.