Amber Heard pleaded guilty over alleged false immigration documents of her two dogs in Australia last year. She issued a public apology video together with her husband actor Johnny Depp.
Heard avoided almost 10 years of jail time over the alleged illegal importation case filed by prosecutors. The prosecutors dropped the charges that the actress illegally imported two Yorkshire terriers into Australia while her famous husband, actor Johnny Depp, was filming the fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
According to CBC News, Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan only sentenced Heard of one-month good behavior bond instead of the maximum penalty of a year in jail and a fine of more than 10,000 Australian dollars. The condition given to the actress is that she will be fined with $1,ooo if within a whole month, she will commit any offenses in Australia.
The couple did not talk much about the issue to the reporters outside Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland state’s Gold Coast. However, the two submitted to the court a videotaped public apology which was played during the hearing. According to Yahoo News, Depp said in the video, “When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
The terrier fiasco began when Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused Depp of smuggling his dogs on his private jet when he went to the country to film his movie. An application for permit and a quarantine of at least 10 days on arrival must be taken when bringing a dog in Australia. This is to prevent any animal diseases from spreading.
As an option, the couple were given 72 hours to send their dogs back to the U.S or the authorities would euthanize the dogs. The dogs (Pistol and Boo) were boarded on a flight back to U.S just an hour before the given deadline.
The “terrier” incident gained a worldwide attention when Joyce, who is now Australia’s deputy prime minister, threaten to kill the dogs. While the now much- talked recorded video of Heard and Depp was likened to a hostage video, the actress has nothing but good to say of Australia. As stated in NBC News, the actress said in the video, “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.” and Depp added, “It has to be protected,”.