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Amber Heard dog trial date set

Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard will stand trial in Australia on dog-smuggling charges in April (16).

The actress and her husband fell foul of animal importation laws Down Under in May (15) when she allegedly flew their pet terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without the proper permits.


The Rum Diary star is charged with two counts of illegal importation of an animal and one of producing a false document, and on Tuesday (15Feb15) officials in Queensland set a trial date of 18 April (16).


Amber denies the charges, brought under the country's Quarantine Act, which demands that all dogs spend 10 days in isolation prior to entering the country to avoid spreading canine diseases.


The trial's witness list contains 12 names but it is not known if Johnny is one of them and will be called to give evidence in the case.


The charge of illegally importing an animal carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $79,067 fine.