Johnny Depp and AMber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber HeardReuters

Amber Heard, the star of "Magic Mike XXL", has been charged with two counts of illegally importing Pistol and Boo, the Yorkshire terriers she owns with husband Johnny Depp, to Brisbane, Australia in April. Heard has been issued with summons to appear in a Queesnland court on 7 September for the trial.

The 29-year-old actress has also been charged with one count of producing false documents. According to BBC, Heard can face anything from a hefty fine of 102,000 in Australian Dollars ($75,500) to 10 years in prison for the illegal smuggling charges, and for the false documents she faces penalty of a year in prison and a fine of AU $10,200 ($7550).

Though the dogs' arrival to the island country on Depp's private jet had initially gone unnoticed, they garnered widespread attention after getting photographed at a dog-grooming salon. At the time, the Australian agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce had warned that if Boo and Pistol were not immediately taken out of the country, they would be put down.

Australia has very strict animal quarantine laws due to fear of rabies and other infections, and Joyce clarified that he was only protecting his country's law.

The minister claimed, "You, I, everybody - we're equal before the law," with regards to any special treatment for Heard, who is a world-renowned star, and Depp, who has been voted as the Sexiest Man Alive.

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