Johnny Depp’s Yorkshire Terriers to return to USA after death threat

Johnny Depp.  Dominic Lipinski/PA Photos
Johnny Depp. Dominic Lipinski/PA Photos

Actor Johnny Depp’s dogs are to make their way back to the United States after facing a death sentence.

The Hollywood star was told to fly his pet dogs Pistol and Boo out of Australia by Saturday or they would be put down.

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce accused Depp of smuggling the Yorkshire terriers aboard his private jet when he returned to Australia last month to resume filming the fifth instalment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series at Gold Coast studios.

The agriculture department gave Depp and his wife Amber Heard 72-hour notice to start their pets on the 7,200-mile trip back to the United States.

Australia’s Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said today that it looked like Depp was ready to comply with the order.

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

“Obviously there’s an investigation into how they came out to Australia. Mr. Depp decided he can step round our nation’s laws.”

Australia has strict animal quarantine laws to prevent importing infections.