Nearly one year after Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, was charged with illegally bringing the couple's two dogs into Australia, the duo have released a video apologizing for their indiscretion.
"Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people," Amber, 29, began the video. "It has to be protected," Johnny, 52, chimed in.
Johnny and Amber's dogs, Pistol and Boo, in March 2014. (Photo Credit: Splash)
"Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong bio-security laws," Amber continued. "And Australians are just as unique — both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly," the actor said.
"I am truly sorry that [our dogs], Pistol and Boo, were not declared. Protecting Australia is important," Amber added. "Declare everything when you enter Australia, thanks," Johnny said.
Earlier this week, the couple — who married in February 2015 — appeared in an Australian court where Amber pleaded guilty to falsifying information regarding the dogs on an immigration card when she and Johnny entered the country in April 2015. All charges against Amber were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea.
According to previous reports, the dogs weren’t registered on customs forms required to be completed by all travelers arriving in Australia. At that time, the nation's Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, threatened to euthanize the dogs if they were not promptly returned to California.