Whew. The #WarOnTerrier is finally over.
Amber Heard pleaded guilty this morning to bringing undeclared dogs into Australia . The actress and wife of Johnny Depp was sentenced by Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland to one month good behavior for providing false information on her passenger card last year when she arrived at the Gold Coast. Heard had with her two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo.
Which is why there is now a Johnny Depp – Amber Heard somber apology video.
Heard was spared a conviction over the dog-smuggling saga by an Australian court Monday afternoon. She pleaded guilty to knowingly producing a false or misleading document, while two other charges of illegally importing her dogs were dismissed.
In the video apology released by the Australian government, a stony-faced Heard sits alongside Depp to state she is “truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting Australia is important.”
“Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” the actress said.
“Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.”
Depp added: “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell your firmly. ”
“Declare everything when you enter Australia.”
What happens if Amber Heard is not on good behavior for a month?
If Heard breaks the one-month good behavior bond, she will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Australian dollars ($767) but the incident will not go on record.
According to 7 News, the magistrate took into consideration her need to travel for work, and said while the offense was not trivial, she doesn’t believe Heard thought she was above the law.
The celebrity couple arrived in Australia last April aboard a private jet, with Depp in the country to film a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
Depp was not charged over the incident but accompanied his wife to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast where they received a red carpet-like reception.
The illegal import of animals carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars ($75,000); the false document charge has a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of 10,200 Australian dollars ($7,500).
The incident gained international attention when Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the dogs put down.
“Mr. Depp needs to take his dogs back to California, or we’re going to have to euthanize them,” Joyce said.
The couple was given a 72-hour ultimatum to get the dogs out of the country.
The Depps quickly returned to California but not before sparking the hashtag #WaronTerrier.