Actor Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for reportedly bringing his two dogs to Australia on his private jet and failing to declare the pooches to customs.
Depp is in the country filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."
The controversy began when Depp was photographed taking his dogs, Pistol and Boo, to an Australian groomer who posted the pics on Facebook, noted The Guardian.
The dogs were apparently in violation of Australia's quarantine laws.
Australia's Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said the dogs would be put down if they didn't leave the country, reports Yahoo Celebrity. In response, Depp’s wife, actress Amber Heard, reportedly flew the Yorkshire terriers back to California.
An Australian senate committee was told on May 25 that if Depp is charged and convicted, he could get up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine equivalent to around $263,000.
The pilot of Depp's private plane could also get up to two years in jail if charged and convicted.
The dog groomer, who originally posted the pictures on Facebook, wrote on May 14:
To all the horrible people out there sending me messages and posting negative posts on my business page, you might want to get your facts straight before your fingers get too carried away typing!
1. I DID get permission from Mr Depp's team to post the photos on social media — I wouldn't have posted these pictures if I didn't have permission!
2. Yes Mr Depp did the wrong thing by not declaring the dogs at the airport when he arrived — this is now something that he has to deal with and sort out.
3. Yes I support what the government are doing in the sense of insisting that the dogs get sent straight home — I don't believe they should be put down.