The doggie poop has hit the fan in Australia, where the country’s minister of agriculture has threatened to destroy Johnny Depp’s two Yorkies over a permit dispute.
Shiver me timbers. Johnny Depp is in the doghouse.
The actor is in Australia filming the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. According to Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s Minister of Agriculture, Depp failed to provide the country with the proper certification and permits when he brought his two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country, thus violating the nation’s animal quarantine policies.
Joyce has given Depp until Saturday to get the dogs out of the country or officials are “going to have to euthanize them” because they pose a threat to the country’s bio-security.
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“It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” Joyce told Australian media.
According to the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) Depp took the dogs into the country on a private plane in April.
Agriculture officials reportedly visited the house where Depp is staying and delivered a three-day warning notice on Wednesday.
England’s The Guardian has started a countdown to Saturday on its website.
“He has decided to bring to our nation two dogs without actually getting proper certification and the proper permits required. Basically, it looks like he snuck them in,” Joyce told Australian reporters on Thursday. “We found out he snuck them in because we saw him taking them to a poodle groomer.”
Joyce was adamant that celebrities do not get special treatment from his department.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals in: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” Joyce told Australian media.
“But 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?”
A woman in Sydney started a petition at change.org urging others to “help me tell Barnaby Joyce not to kill or remove Johnny Depp’s dogs from Australia.”
“I understand that Johnny can't just bring his dogs into the country – but the dogs shouldn't be punished,” said the petition’s organizer, Namita Sopal.
The petition had more than 2,000 signatures by Wednesday night.