Please be warned: This article contains some truly p-awful dog puns.
Johnny Depp might be an international superstar, but that doesn't mean he, and his pet dogs, are above the law.
It seems Depp has gotten himself in some furry serious legal problems concerning his two Yorkie pups, Boo and Pistol. The two pets were apparently 'smuggled' into Australia on Depp's private jet, contravening the country's strict animal import laws. Under Australian law, all pets entering the country must be quarantined to check for non-native diseases and Depp's failure to declare Pistol and Boo has potentially resulted in some terrier-able consequences.
Depp was informed on Thursday that if the dogs were not immediately removed from the country, they would suffer ruff justice and be destroyed on Saturday. Luckily for the celebrity pooches, Depp did not need much paws for thought, and Boo and Pistol are expected to flea Australia with their tails between their legs any time now. Depp will remain in the land down under filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tale, the fifth movie in the Disney franchise.
Australia's Agricultural Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has shown dogged determination in pursuing the pups. He told the BBC their immediate removal was probably "the wisest move" and reiterated that there was no get out claws for celebs regarding quarantine rules. He said on Thursday - in typical Aussie - fashion:
"If we start letting movie stars, even though they've been the 'sexiest man alive' twice, to come into our nation, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody? It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."
It seems the fugitive pups were discovered by authorities after a dog grooming salon on the Gold Coast of Australia, Happy Dogz, posted pictures of them on their Facebook page. However, the entire scandal has been a major bone of contention in Australia. The hashtag, ' #waronterrier,' has been trending around the world, while opinion seems polarized between those who think killing the dogs is an over-exaggeration, and those which demand Depp follow the law. An online pet-ition calling on Joyce to show mercy to the showbiz canines has garnered over 17,000 signatures.
But, Boo and Pistol might not be out of the woods yet. In fact, there's a chance they might also be hounded by authorities in the US. Mr. Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
The question is if he breached our laws, then did he follow the correct laws in the US? My worry is, will the US let them back in? If not... will they have anywhere to go?
Of course, the exodus of Boo and Pistol doesn't mean Depp has just been let off the leash regarding his legal obligations. It is likely he will have to pay a hefty fine, while breaching Australia's quarantine laws is also punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Let's just hope Johnny Depp takes this to heart and acts like a good boy in the future.
Who's side are you on in the war on terrier?