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Amber Heard, Johnny Depp: Charges dropped in Australian dog smuggling case

By Wade Sheridan
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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 2, 2016. Heard pleaded guilty for smuggling her pet dogs into Australia, leading to the charges being dropped. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/ace5ade4f607c01dfe78950272cd1823/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 2, 2016. Heard pleaded guilty for smuggling her pet dogs into Australia, leading to the charges being dropped. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

SYDNEY, April 18 (UPI) -- Amber Heard has escaped conviction for illegally smuggling her two Yorkshire Terriers into Australia.

Heard arrived in Australian court Monday accompanied by her husband Johnny Depp and pleaded guilty to making a false statement on her immigration card about the couple's Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo, according to the BBC.

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An Australian judge then gave Heard a one-month good behavior bond that if broken will require the actress to pay a $770 fine. No conviction was placed on Heard.

Australian authorities also posted on Youtube an apology video from the Hollywood stars who are seen discussing the importance of the country's biosecurity laws. "I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared," Heard is seen saying in the clip. "Protecting Australia is important."

The incident occurred in July of 2015 when Heard visited Depp in Australia as he was filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The actress originally faced a maximum of 10 years jail time and/or a fine of $75,000. The story gained headlines after Australia's Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce called out Depp and his wife and threatened to have the dogs euthanized if they were not sent back to the U.S.

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"I have a feeling we're going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there," Heard said at the time. "I don't know, I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials."

Heard recently confirmed that she will be appearing in Warner Bros. upcoming superhero team-up film, Justice League: Part One as eventual queen of Atlantis and Aquaman's love interest, Mera.

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