Australian authorities have recently opted not to pursue any legal actions against the American actress, Amber Heard. This decision relates to the matter concerning her Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, and the alleged incident of pet smuggling that transpired eight years ago. This choice follows an extensive inquiry conducted by Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, which initially highlighted issues surrounding inconsistencies in the statements Amber Heard had made concerning the circumstances of her pets entering Australia while her then-husband Johnny Depp was working on a film project.
The Controversial Incident
In 2015, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp found themselves at the center of a high-profile biosecurity dispute when Heard brought her Yorkshire terriers to Australia’s Gold Coast while Depp was working on the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series. This action raised concerns about Australia’s stringent quarantine regulations governing pet imports.
Legal Proceedings and Charges
Heard admitted guilt in 2016, acknowledging a false immigration document related to her dogs’ entry into Australia, which could have led to a 10-year prison sentence. However, the prosecution later dropped the more severe charges of illegal animal importation.
Investigation and Testimonies
The investigation revolved around the inconsistencies between what Amber Heard stated in an Australian court in 2016 and her testimony in a London court in 2020 during Johnny Depp’s libel case against a newspaper. Although Heard’s attorney argued that the differences were the result of misunderstandings and exhaustion caused by jetlag, a former employee of Depp alleged that Heard was fully aware of the regulations and had even coerced a staff member into taking responsibility for violating quarantine laws.
Legal Resolution and Pet Ownership
The Australian authorities’ decision not to pursue a criminal case marks the conclusion of this protracted legal matter. Pistol and Boo, Amber Heard’s Yorkshire terriers, attracted international attention during this period and faced a government-imposed deadline for their removal from Australia. In the aftermath of legal proceedings and Heard’s divorce from Depp, the dogs’ ownership was transferred to Heard. The resolution by Australian prosecutors to drop the potential criminal case concerning the alleged smuggling of Yorkshire terriers signifies the end of a widely followed saga. The legal intricacies, testimonies, and investigative processes of this case underscore the significance of adhering to biosecurity regulations when traveling with pets across international borders.