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Publicist for Johnny Depp Denies He Walked Off 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Set Because of Dogs
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26 May 2015 01:11 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Johnny Depp (Image Source: Saadick Dhansay via Wikimedia Commons)

This story about Johnny Depp's dogs getting into Australia illegally and then being threatened with euthanasia unless they left just won't go away and seems to be growing legs of its own.

You would think that with the dogs safely out of the country and back in the United States everything would be good, but it's not.

Depp and wife Amber Heard flew to Australia and at some brought their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, with them. Somehow the dogs got into the country without going through the proper customs and quarantine process. Officials then said they had 50 hours to get the dogs out of the country or they would be euthanized.

Reports later surfaced that Depp walked off the set of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie to return to the United States. This is just days after Heard left Australia with Pistol and Boo. The actor's publicist, however, is denying these reports. If it's true, it could put filming for the movie even further behind after Depp already took time off after suffering a hand injury.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton was asked by Sydney radio broadcaster Ray Hadley when the public would find out how the breach of quarantine and customs occurred, and he replied, "You need to give me another week or so, Ray. It's still under investigation – we're still asking those questions."

Hadley said that his understanding was that the dogs where snuck into the country deliberately in a minder's handbag, and this was with the full knowledge of Depp and Heard.

"It's not as though Boo and Pistol jumped in the bag and they said 'oh my god, what are those dogs doing there?'" Hadley quipped.

But Depp's troubles are still not over: An Australian Senate committee was told on Monday that if the actor is found guilty in court of smuggling the dogs into the country, he could face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $265,000.

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