The Courier-Mail

Big effort made to collar Depp and wife over dogs


FEDERAL Agricultur­e Department officials have been “dogged” in their pursuit of Hollywood couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (pictured) over their alleged pet pooch smuggling scam.

Heard was charged last month with three Commonweal­th offences after allegedly bringing their Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into the state on a private jet while Depp was filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast.

New court documents reveal an official was like a dog with a bone when it came to ensuring the summons was legally served. The documents, filed in Southport Magistrate­s Court, state that Department of Agricultur­e official Michael Kelly served the summons and complaint on Depp’s personal assistant Stephen Deuters.

The Commonweal­th Direc- tor of Public Prosecutio­ns complaint also alleges Boo and Pistol were allegedly smuggled into Australia for two months.

The importatio­n charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $102,000 while the false document charge carries up to 12 months’ jail and a $10,200 fine.

The summons “commands” Heard to appear in Southport court on Monday week. GREG STOLZ

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