The agriculture minister says the actor snuck them into the country, and they should just “bugger off”

By Tim Nudd
Updated May 14, 2015 03:00 AM
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Johnny Depp has conquered all foes as Jack Sparrow, but now he faces a daunting new adversary – the agriculture minister of Australia, who has threatened the actor’s dogs, in no uncertain terms, after Depp allegedly brought them into the country illegally.

The dogs, Pistol and Boo, could walk the plank if Depp, 51, doesn’t leave the county with them in the next two days, politician Barnaby Joyce said Wednesday, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Joyce was colorful in his criticism of Depp’s alleged flouting of Australia’s strict quarantine law.

“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” he said. “He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly them back out of our nation.”

Joyce said the authorities found out about the dogs “because we saw him taking them to a poodle groomer. Now, Mr. Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanize them.”

Australia requires dogs to be quarantined for at least 10 days upon entering the country. Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, arrived on a private jet last month and allegedly failed to declare the pets to customs authorities.

Joyce emphasized that Depp shouldn’t expect special treatment as a celebrity.

“Just because he’s Johnny Depp does not mean he’s exempt from Australian law,” he said. “You start letting in movie stars, even though they have been the Sexiest Man Alive twice, who come into our nation, why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”

Joyce added: “In my view, he’s a great actor. Jack Sparrow, wonderful. But this is not an excuse for breaking our laws.”

Depp has not commented publicly on the matter. The actor returned to Australia, where he is shooting Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, on April 20 – having gone back to the U.S. in March for surgery after injuring his hand on set.