Industrial rock guitarist, liar, and accused international canine trafficker Johnny Depp may face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $340,000, The Sydney Morning Herald reports, penalties related to sneaking his dogs into Australia in April.
During an Australian Senate committee hearing on Monday, the paper also learned that Depp’s pilot could be jailed for up to two years for his role in the illegal importation of the undeclared Yorkshire Terriers the country’s Minister for Agriculture threatened with the doggie death penalty earlier this month.
“If he doesn’t take Boo and Pistol back we do have to euthanase them,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told ABC at the time. “Just because he’s Johnny Depp doesn’t make him exempt from Australian laws.”
Dogs gone.— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) May 15, 2015
Because of Australia’s geographic isolation, the country is particularly vulnerable to invasive species and pathogens and has some of the strictest biosecurity laws in the world. The nation’s stringent quarantine rules apply to pet dogs, cats, birds and especially rabbits, but somehow not their (frankly) pretty ill-seeming celebrity owners.