Amber Heard Pleaded Guilty To Smuggling Dogs In Australia
Amber Heard pleaded guilty on Monday to producing a false document to quarantine officials when she allegedly smuggled her two dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia in May 2015. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed the two more serious charges of illegally importing the Yorkshire terriers, which could have put Heard behind bars for 10 years and have her pay a fine of $81,600. And while Heard could have landed in jail for a year and been fined $7,650 for falsifying the documents, the judge instead sentenced the model and actress to a one-month good behavior bond, meaning no prison time and a fine of a $765, if she doesn’t commits any type of crime in Australia during the course of the next month.
Heard and Johnny Depp were in court for the sentencing, but did not speak to reporters outside the Sydney courthouse. They did, however, play a tape in court (below)in which which Depp said, “When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.” “Declare everything when you come to Australia,” added Depp.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Heard was accused of smuggling her two Yorkies into Australia on a private jet without declaring them before visiting Depp, who was Down Under shooting the fifth installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean series. The dogs were considered to be a risk because the U.S. is not a rabies-free country. Australia requires tourists bringing dogs into the country to apply for a permit and quarantine long before arriving there.
At the time of the incident, Gossip Cop noted Australia’s then-Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, threatened to euthanize the two dogs if they weren’t sent back to the U.S. within 72 hours. The over-the-top reaction by Joyce, now Australia’s deputy Prime Minister, who referred to Depp during his condemnation as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” resulted in the mocking hashtag #WarOnTerrier to trend on social media. The Yorkies were ultimately sent back to the U.S. before their doggy death deadline.
Following the judge’s decision, Heard’s lawyer claimed she didn’t intentionally neglect to declare she had the two dogs with her, but instead thought it had been taken care of by her assistants. Her lawyer termed it a “terrible mistake.”