UPDATE: CNN has reported that Depp’s dogs have been flown out of Australia just hours before the deadline mandated by Australian officials that would have resulted in their euthanization. The news was shared by Australia’s Minister of Agriculture, who posted a tweet that simply said “dogs gone.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Johnny Depp may be popular in Australia, but his dogs aren’t. According to CNN, Australian officials have stated that Depp has until Saturday to get his dogs out of the country—or they’ll be put down. The mandate comes from Barnaby Jones, Australia’s Minister of Agriculture, who explained that Depp violated Australia’s biosecurity laws by bringing two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, on a private flight without proper documentation. The actor is currently in Australia to film the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
“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,” Joyce said in a televised statement. “After that, I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean.”
The country became aware of Depp’s illegal activity when reports surfaced that one of Depp’s assistants had taken the dogs to a grooming salon over the weekend. Australia’s Department of Agriculture has a strict import law that requires visitors to apply for a pet permit and their animals spend a minimum of 10 days in quarantine, in order to prevent the spread of diseases such as rabies and other parasites.
A representative for Depp did not immediately respond to request for comment.