Amber Heard missed a hearing in Australia on Monday (7th September). She was due to appear in court to face charges of two counts of illegal dog importing brought against her by the Australian government. She did not attend the hearing and the case has been adjourned until November when another court date has been scheduled. 

Johnny Depp and Amber HeardJohnny Depp and Amber Heard at the Met Gala in New York, May 2014.

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The charges stem from an incident in May of this year when the Australian authorities discovered Heard and her husband, Johnny Depp, were keeping their two Yorkshire terriers at the mansion they had hired on the Gold Coast. Depp was in Australia filming for the upcoming fifth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Australian authorities alleged Heard brought the dogs into the country illegally on a private jet without first securing the proper permits. 

The case has been adjourned until November, as the BBC reports. If found guilty of dog-smuggling, 29-year-old Heard may face up to 10 years in prison or a substantial fine. Her husband is not facing any charges relating to the alleged dog-smuggling. 

Depp doesn’t appear to be taking his wife’s legal troubles very seriously. The couple recently appeared at the Venice Film Festival together where Depp’s latest film, Black Mass, premiered. In a press conference at the Festival, Depp joked about the dog-smuggling incident and was particularly unkind about Australia’s Minster of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce. 

"I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kind of, I don't know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia," Depp told reporters at the conference when asked about his dogs.

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