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Johnny Depp and wife in video apology for dog debacle

Actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard have made a video apologizing to Australia's Department of Agriculture for bringing their dogs into the country illegally last year.

In a video message released by Australian authorities on Sunday, Depp and Heard said Australia's bio-security laws had to be respected.

Heard said she was "truly sorry" for bringing their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without declaring them in May last year.

"Australia is a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people," Heard said, before Depp added that "It (Australia) has to be protected."

"Declare everything when you enter Australia. Thanks," Depp said at the end of the video.

Heard was accused of illegally taking the couple's dogs into Australia last year on a visit to see Depp as he filmed the latest installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.


Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Australian authorities, which have strict biosecurity rules to protect the country's flora and fauna from pests and diseases, threatened to put the dogs down unless the actors returned them to the U.S., prompting the Twitter trend #WaronTerrier.

On Monday, Heard pleaded guilty in court to making a false statement on her immigration card about the Yorkshire terriers, but avoided a conviction.

The video apology prompted a Twitter storm on Monday, with viewers debating whether he couple had been forced to make the video.

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