Amber Heard is in hot water with Australia. The actress has been hit with charges for allegedly smuggling her adorable dogs Down Under earlier this year.
Amber Heard and her husband, Johnny Depp, have a bad relationship with the Aussies. While promoting her recent film Magic Mike XXL, the star revealed to the hosts on Australia’s Sunrise morning show that she’s not a big fan of their country.
“I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.”
The hosts of the Sunrise talk show weren’t impressed by Amber’s comments. Samantha Armytage said she was surprised by the blonde beauty’s comments.
“That’s a bit disappointing. She should be more respectful of our quarantine laws.”
Co-host David Koch added that Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, and other “Hollywood types” believe that they’re “a bit above the law.”
Heard and Depp had their adorable pooches, Pistol and Boo, flown on a private jet in May without going through the proper process. This caused Australia’s agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, to threaten that he would have the couple’s poor doggies put down if they didn’t leave the country.
“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,” Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said at the time. “It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States. After that, I don’t expect to be invited to the opening of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.'”
Australia has strict laws for allowing pets into their country. Pet owners, like Heard and Depp, need to have their animals undergo blood work, medical testing, and proof of vaccinations to ensure that they’re in tip-top health to travel. Heard and Depp’s dogs were also expected to be quarantined during the lengthy flight.
During the interview, Amber Heard took another shot at Joyce, claiming that he was riding this controversy for his own 15 minutes of fame.
“I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.”
Now it looks like Amber and Johnny are finding themselves in trouble with Australian authorities after it was found that they brought their two Yorkshire terriers into the country without going through the proper quarantine process. Amber is faced with three charges: two counts of illegally importing their dogs and one count of providing false documentation, according to the Associated Press.
Amber Heard could face up to 11 years in jail and fines up to $63,000 if she receives maximum sentences on all three charges. However, other reports claim she may only receive one year to 10 years in prison, fines up to $75,000, and an additional $7,500 fine. An Australian attorney told the AP that Heard may not face these severe charges since the couple shipped their puppies back home within the 72-hour deadline.
“The seriousness of the offense is not whether two little puppies — who look like they could give you a nasty nip on the ankle — are dreadful animals; it’s about the risk to biosecurity. Was there a risk? Potentially, but not actually. And I’m sure the court will take all of those things into account.”
Amber Heard can’t “avoid” Australia just yet. She’s expected to appear in Queensland court on September 7 for this doggy fiasco. Do you think Heard and Depp should be fairly charged for allegedly smuggling their dogs into Australia? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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