Johnny Depp’s dogs ‘to leave Australia’ after death threat
15 May 2015
From the section Australia
Actor Johnny Depp’s dogs are preparing to leave Australia to evade a death threat, the country’s agriculture minister has said.
Barnaby Joyce had said Boo and Pistol would have to be put down by Saturday if they did not leave, because they were “snuck in” from the US.
Mr Joyce told the BBC he believed they were leaving by private jet on Friday, which he said was “the wisest move”.
But he has also expressed concerns the dogs could now be left stateless.
“The question is if he breached our laws, then did he follow the correct laws in the US?” Mr Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“My worry is will the US let them back in? If not … will they have anywhere to go?”
Depp and Heard should have put the dogs into quarantine when they arrived in Queensland
Johnny Depp is living in Australia while filming the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
He and his wife Amber Heard are accused of not declaring the Yorkshire Terriers to customs officials when they flew into Queensland by private jet last month.
Australia has strict import laws to prevent non-native diseases entering the country.
The fate of the dogs has gripped Australia and world media.
An online petition calling on Mr Joyce to spare them now has more than 17,000 signatures and it sparked a debate about the #waronterrier on Twitter.
Dog row sparks #waronterrier
“I get that Johnny Depp broke the law by not telling someone about his dogs but the response is death? That’s the largest over-reaction ever,” said Alexis Rogers on Facebook.
Facebook user Bree Graham MacTaggart agreed: “They …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment