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Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison for smuggling dogs into Australia

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Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison after he brought his dogs into Australia without the proper documentation earlier this month.

The star, who is in Australia filming the latest installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, was told that he had to get his two dogs, Yorkshire terriers named Pistol and Boo, out of the country.  The local government also threatened to have the animals killed if they were not removed within 72 hours.

Government officials confirmed that Depp could face 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $340,00 for illegally bringing his two dogs into Australia.

His pilot could also face up to two years in prison for his role in bringing the animals into the country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The country’s animal import laws require dogs spend at least 10 days in a government quarantine facility once they arrive in the country.

The strict laws are in place to prevent the spread of non-native diseases such as rabies, ehrlichia, leishmania, leptospirosis and internal and external parasites.

 

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