Australia Threatens to Euthanize Johnny Depp’s Dogs if They Aren’t Deported
SYDNEY, May 14 (UPI) — Johnny Depp‘s pups, Pistol and Boo, may face euthanasia if they don’t leave Australia within the next two days.
The agriculture minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, publicly called out Depp for breaking strict quarantine laws by failing to report his two Yorkshire terriers to customs. Authorities discovered the dogs after the 51-year-old actor took them to a groomer.
Joyce is choosing the hardline when it comes to dealing with the increasingly high-profile issue, refusing to give Depp the option of letting the dogs be quarantined after the fact.
“Just because he’s Johnny Depp does not mean he’s exempt from Australian law,” he told Australian network 612 ABC Brisbane.
“You start letting in movie stars, even though they have been the sexiest man alive twice, who come into our nation, why don’t we just break the laws for everybody.”
The groomer, Lianne Kent, told the Sydney Morning Herald that she is upset about the situation. The dogs apparently came into her salon in great health. “Dogs usually come in messy when I groom them, but they looked beautiful,” she said. “They were just gorgeous dogs — they’d just sit there.”
She said she feels that she might have tipped authorities by posting photos of the dogs on social media.
Joyce isn’t showing any remorse, however. There are about 50 hours left to deport the dogs before they are seized by authorities and euthanized.
“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” he said.
“He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly them back out of our nation.”
Depp arrived in Australia to continue shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales after returning to the U.S. in March to receive treatment for an injured hand.