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Megan Daley
May 26, 2015 AT 05:21 PM EDT

Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for illegally bringing his dogs into Australia.

According to People, an Australian Senate committee was told Monday the actor could face jail time or a maximum fine of $265,000 if the case ends up going to court. 

The actor, who visited Australia to film the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, brought his two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country via a private jet without proper documentation. The country has strict laws to minimize biosecurity risks that require animals to spend 10 days in quarantine, and pet owners must apply for a permit. 

Australia’s Minister of Agriculture Barnaby Jones placed a deadline of 50 hours for the dogs to be removed from the country before the government would supervise their euthanization. The dogs flew home before the deadline. The investigation by the Department of Agriculture into how the dogs arrived in the country is still on-going, according to People

A representative for Depp did not immediately respond to request for comment.

 

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