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# Dog's dinner
Australia tells Johnny Depp his dogs have to 'bugger off'' back to the US today
The Australian Agriculture Minister said the threat of euthanasia for the dogs still stands if the actor can’t get them into America.

JOHNNY DEPP’S DOGS dogs Pistol and Boo were expected to fly out of Australia today and escape threats to put them down, after a complex and often comical quarantine wrangle.

But Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who had warned the dogs could be destroyed within hours, said the threat had not entirely disappeared if Depp is unable to get the terriers home to America.

Pistol and Boo 

“I’m informed that Pistol and Boo are preparing to fly on a private jet back to the United States which is the best news that I’ve got,” Joyce said.

Obviously there’s an investigation as to how they came out into Australia.”Mr Depp decided that he’d step around our nation’s laws.

‘Bugger off’

Yesterday he said it was time the dogs ”bugger off” back to Hollywood.

World News / YouTube

The actor, who is in Queensland state to film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, faces a formal interview with quarantine officers as part of investigations into how the Yorkshire terriers were allegedly smuggled in.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said Depp and his actress-model wife Amber Heard, who have made no public comments on the issue, told the agriculture department they would fly out with Boo and Pistol on tonight.

However, Joyce also voiced fears the United States might not let the terriers back in.

Stateless pups 

He said he was “seriously worried” they might not have the right permits to return home and could be left “stateless”.

dogs SourceFed Pistol and Boo SourceFed

“The question is if he breached our laws, then did he follow the correct laws in the US?” Joyce said.

“My worry is will the US let them back in? If not … will they have anywhere to go?”

And that, he said, could still lead to them being put down, adding, “Obviously my preference is not to destroy these two dogs.”

Depp appears certain to face a fine for breaching Australian laws under which dogs entering from the United States have to spend at least 10 days in quarantine.

“We can’t make an exception for Johnny Depp,” Joyce said. “We have strict laws for a good reason.”

© – AFP, 2015

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