Sky News reports that Johnny Depp may face 10 years behind bars over illegal entry of his two dogs into Australian territory.
Johnny Depp’s Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo made headlines when they were flown into the country in violation of Australia’s quarantine laws.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, in order to avoid imprisonment, the superstar may need to pay a maximum fine of AUD340,000 (USD252,000).
The newspaper further reports that investigation officials believe that Johnny, his fellow passengers and the flight crew on the couple’s private jet, all failed to disclose the presence of the pets on board. In the eyes of the law, this had increased the seriousness of the offence.
Some members of the committee stated that the dogs have attracted attention because of the case, saying the pets had become “film stars on Facebook.”
Australian Politician Richard Colbeck said, “A celebrity brought their dogs in to be pampered. The dogs were duly pampered and that pampering was put onto social media.”
The Australian government had given the actor two days to take his pets out of Australia or they would be put down. This had prompted Johnny Depp and his wife to fly the dogs out of the country immediately.