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Will Australian Government Destroy Johnny Depp's Dogs?

14 May 2015

ANALYSIS - Actor Johnny Depp faces the prospect of his dogs being euthanised after failing to declare them to customs when arriving in Australia, writes Gemma Hyland.

This has prompted a warning from the Australian government on the risks of moving animals - domestic or otherwise - between countries.

The 51-year-old actor flew into Australia via private jet last month with his wife Amber Heard and their two Yorkshire Terriers, Boo and Pistol.

The Australian Department of Agriculture said they became aware of an illegal animal importation on Tuesday (12 May).

A spokesperson said: "Any animal which is imported without meeting Australia’s import conditions will be ordered into quarantine and will either be exported or euthanased.

"The dogs have been ordered into quarantine and the owners have been advised the dogs must be exported within 72 hours.

"Import conditions for dogs being imported from the USA have been developed to protect Australia from a number of pests and diseases."

Save Depp's Dogs

The news was met with shock from Depp's fans, prompting an online petition to save the actor's dogs.

It is understood that Johnny Depp is in Australia shooting the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Online commentators have been divided, with some suggesting that euthanasia is 'extreme'. Others have said that celebrity or not, rules are rules.

See the Australian government's statement here.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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