Clearly, Johnny Depp broke the law when he smuggled his two Yorkies, Boo and Pistol, into Australia, where he’s filming yet another “Pirates of the Carribbean” sequel.
But must government officials, in enforcing Australia’s strict quarantine laws, be so heavy-handed and snarky about it?
“If we start letting movie stars — even though they’ve been the ‘sexiest man alive’ twice — to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?” said Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. “It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.”
Is it just me, or is there a little bit of pirate envy bubbling up in those remarks?
Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, are accused of not declaring Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol to customs officials when they flew into Queensland by private jet last month, the BBC reported.
Joyce says the country’s animal quarantine laws — aimed at keeping rabies out of the country — applied to everyone.
“Mr. Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanize them,” Joyce told reporters on Thursday.
“He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet he flew out on and fly back out of our nation.”
There has been no immediate comment from Depp or Heard, but plenty of online reaction from animal lovers and Depp lovers.
An online petition to save the “cute dogs” had received nearly 5,000 signatures by late Thursday.
“Have a heart Barnaby! Don’t kill these cute puppies,” it appealed.
“The dogs have been ordered into quarantine and the owners have been advised the dogs must be exported within 72 hours,” said a statement on the agricultural ministry website.
“Just because he’s Johnny Depp doesn’t make him exempt from Australian laws,” Joyce said.
“The way this works is if we are going to make an excuse for Johnny Depp because he’s got a private jet and brought in his dogs then I suppose you have to start making exemptions and excuses for everybody.”
When Joyce was asked if his tough stance might affect Depp’s view of him, he replied: “I don’t think Mr. Depp will be inviting me to the grand opening of the Pirates of the Caribbean.”
“As people know when they come in on a commercial flight … you need to make declarations,” he said. ” … People will sometimes make false declarations, if they get caught out, there’s a big fine attached to it, and no different to the same cards that people would need to fill out if they’re coming in on private jets.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the agriculture minister could have been a little more tactful with his message.
“Barnaby’s right but I would put it to him this way – diplomacy is key,” Tate is quoted as saying on ABC.net.
“I want to see Johnny Depp coming back to the Gold Coast, enjoy his experience here … so that he’ll have good words to say and make sure our film and television industry thrives here,” the mayor said.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 14th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
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A neglected Yorkshire terrier, named Twinkle, gave birth to a litter — all stillborn — not long after she was dropped off at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter in North Carolina.
Shortly after that, the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF), also in Winston-Salem, got a call about a golden retriever who had been killed by a car, leaving eight puppies behind — all less than a week old.
A volunteer at AARF had taken in Twinkle as her foster dog, and, before you know it, Twinkle was performing motherly duties, after all — for two of the deceased golden retriever’s puppies, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Twinkle, as she was dubbed by the shelter, was given two of the puppies — named Brandi and Kahlua. She was too small to nurse any more than that.
AARF officials says she accepted the pups as her own.
“She’s happy, the babies are receiving the love of a surrogate mother, and all is well,” Janice Freeman, the chairwoman of AARF’s board, told the Journal.
The other puppies, now about 4½ weeks old, are being bottle-fed. They all will be available for adoption in four weeks.
(Photo: Lauren Carroll / Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted by John Woestendiek August 22nd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: aarf, animal adoption and rescue foundation, animals, dog, dogs, forsythe county animal shelter, golden retriever, mother, north carolina, nurse, nursing, ohmidog!, pets, puppies, surrogate, twinkle, winston-salem, yorkshire
The first comes from Washington, D.C., where a woman left her Yorkshire terrier in her car Saturday while she popped into a laundromat. When she returned, her car window was smashed and her beloved William was gone.
“He’s so much a part of my family. Everyone that knows him loves him. I know he’s scared right now. I can’t sleep because I know he’s scared, and he doesn’t know these people. He’s not gonna eat. They just need to get him back,” Denise Conner-Battle told ABC 7 News.
The second comes from Middleton, Wisconsin, where a dog left in a car while his owner stopped for lunch Thursday somehow managed to shift the car from park to neutral.
Police said the car rolled out of its parking spot and into a pickup truck across the lot. Damage to both vehicles was estimated in the thousands of dollars, according to an Associated Press report. The dog was fine.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accident, animals, automobile, car, dog, dogs, gears, leave, left, middleton, neutral, news, ohmidog!, parked, pet, pets, safety, shift, stolen, theft, unattended, washington, william, wisconsin, yorkshire
The boyfriend of Broadway actress Ashley Yeater has been charged with whipping and kicking her Yorkshire terrier after the 6-pound dog bit him.
Joseph Graves, 30, admitted to investigators he beat the dog, named Emmit, in January, the New York Daily News reports.
“I flew into a rage. Emmit bit me, so I hit him with a belt buckle and kicked him,” prosecutors quote Graves as saying.
Graves took Emmit to a veterinary hospital two days later, after the 4-year-old terrier was vomiting and had stopped eating. Hospital staff, after determining the dog suffered six broken ribs and bruised kidneys, contacted the ASPCA. The dog also lost his left eye as a result of the Jan. 16 attack in Graves’ midtown apartment.
“The pet was nearly killed because a person couldn’t control his temper,” ASCPA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said. “It’s inexcusable.”
Graves was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and criminal mischief.
Emmit was treated at the West Chelsea Veterinary Hospital and is staying with relatives of Yeater, who was appearing in a Florida performance of a “A Chorus Line” when the dog was beaten.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 3rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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A California woman paid $10,000 to get her dog Lexi back after the Chihuahua-Yorkie mix was taken from her Cadillac Escalade while it was parked outside a restaurant.
The Contra Costa Times termed it a “reward,” but it sounds more like a ransom.
On Friday night, Debbie Brown and her boyfriend left a restaurant in Concord and found a window of their vehicle had been smashed. Lexi, a 2-year-old “Chorkie” was gone.
Brown posted fliers promising a $10,000 reward, no questions asked, for Lexi’s safe return, which led to a flood of callers — none of whom had the dog.
She called a psychic for help, and a pet detective, who told her that chorkies are in demand and that dognappers target them for breeding purposes.
Over the weekend, Brown received photos of Lexi via e-mail, and made arrangments to pick her up Monday morning in Alameda, where the cash and the dog were exchanged.
Elena Bicker, executive director of the Walnut Creek-based Animal Rescue Foundation, said the case shows the importance of never leaving pets unattended in public areas, especially small breeds that have been targeted by dognappers.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Bicker said. “And this certainly was a pound of cure.”
It’s not clear if Brown ever reported the theft of her dog to police, or how long she had left her beloved dog alone in the vehicle.
“She’s my life, she’s our baby,” Brown said. “I used to laugh at people like me and say ‘It’s just a dog.’ But she is a member of the family.”
Posted by John Woestendiek June 10th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alone, california, car, chihuahua, chorkie, concord, dog, dognapped, dognapping, ransom, reward, stolen, theft, unattended, vehicle, yorkshire
For five straight days, Greg Wong returned to the lonely stretch of highway on Wyoming’s prairie where his wife was killed, searching not for closure but for Sammie and Maddie, the two small dogs traveling with her.
Hours after state police on May 30 called his home in Laramie, notifying him that his wife, Susan, had been killed on Highway 487, Wong made the first two-hour trip, arriving at 2 a.m., just as a tow truck pulled the SUV his wife had been driving from a deep ravine.
Police told Wong that his wife apparently lost control of the vehicle. It rolled over three times and landed in the ravine. Police told him no dogs were found inside the vehicle, or in the area.
Wong told the Casper Star-Tribune that as soon as he got the news, it was as if he heard his wife’s voice in his head, saying “find the dogs.”
“I guess a lot of it didn’t soak in,” he said. “…You get to that point where you almost turn into a zombie. You are afraid to start thinking about it too much because emotionally you can’t handle it. I kept focusing on ‘you have to find those dogs.’ In a way, I was thinking my last connection to my wife was those dogs.”
Posted by John Woestendiek June 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Car thieves stole John Schneider’s sport utility vehicle at a suburban Los Angeles mall last week, including two pups that were early Christmas gifts for his children.
The Escalade belonging to the co-star of the old “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show has since been found â€” but not the dogs, according to an Associated Press report.
TMZ reported that Schneider searched the neighborhood for the 10-week-old dogs, a Yorkie, named Paisley, and a Yorkie-Poodle mix, named Marley. He says he suspects whoever took the SUV is caring for the dogs, or even re-gifting them.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 10th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: children, christmas, dukes of hazzard, escalade, gifts, john schneider, los angeles, mall, puppies, stolen, suv, theft, yorkie, yorkie-poo, yorkshire