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Johnny Depp's Australian Dog Row May Cost Actor 10 Years in Prison

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 26, 2015

Johnny Depp's Australian Dog Row May Cost Actor 10 Years in Prison

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Professional actor and sometimes pirate Johnny Depp is in hot Australian water for bringing his dogs into the country without clearing the entry through customs. Now the story has a nice round number attached to it.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Fergus Hunter (h/t Mashable) reports the 51-year-old actor is facing a stiff penalty for his traveling transgression.

Hunter writes: “Government officials have confirmed Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $340,000 for illegally bringing his two dogs into Australia.”

Earlier in the month, Depp was taken to task for bringing to Australia his two Yorkshire terriers named Pistol and Boo.

Depp brought the family, canines included, along to Australia where he is filming yet another “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. However, the decision to bring the dynamic doggie duo with him caused quite the International kerfuffle as well as one noteworthy ultimatum.

As Hunter reminds, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce stated that the dogs must leave the country immediately or be put down.

Now the dogs are back in California but the saga continues as Depp faces a hefty fine and quite a lengthy stay in prison if this case does indeed go to court.

Now the heat isn’t falling solely on Depp’s head, because the pilot who manned the dog mission into Australia faces a sizable penalty as well.

Hunter states that the pilot faces “up to two years in prison for his role in the undeclared importing of Pistol and Boo.” With that, we now have a plot that might be a tad more inventive than the fifth installment of the Pirates franchise.

This in an ever unwinding story that even featured rumors Depp had left the shoot to fly back to be with his dogs and wife Amber Heard. 

Depp, however, remains. Despite an International doggy fracas that has garnered worldwide headlines and disconcerting possibilities in the fine and penalty department, the actor remains in the country.

Hey these, “Pirates” movies aren’t just going to shoot themselves.

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