Amber Heard has been charged with illegally bringing her Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia on a private plane.
Johnny Depp’s wife was also charged with one count of producing a false document.
Heard could actually face more than ten years in prison if Australian authorities went with the maximum penalty.
Amber’s husband Johnny, who she married in February, has not been charged despite the dogs reportedly traveling on Depp’s plane back in April.
Johnny had been in Australia filming the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The couple’s Yorkshire terriers failed to go through customs and undergo the country’s required 10-day quarantine.
The actress has been issued with a summons to appear in a Queensland court on September 7.
Heard could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars.
The false document charge, which is the information given on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU $10,200.
A Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said in a statement, “All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, and have undergone relevant testing and health checks signed off by a government veterinarian from the exporting country to ensure pests and diseases from overseas are not brought here”.
Pistol and Boo’s presence in Australia only was discovered when they were photographed at a grooming salon.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce demanded the two dogs leave the country or be put down.
The minister said he didn’t care if Depp had been voted the ‘sexiest man alive’, he still had to adhere to quarantine rules.
Pistol and Boo returned to the United States in the days after their discovery in late May, with Amber later indicating an unwillingness to return to the country.
Amber said, “I have a feeling we are going to avoid the land Down Under from now on just as much as we can thanks to certain politicians there. I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes (of fame), including some government officials.”
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