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Johnny Depp jokes about dog deportation drama: 'I killed my dogs & ate them'

Johnny Depp jokes about dog deportation drama: 'I killed my dogs & ate them' - Johnny Depp's two Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, sparked a major controversy earlier this year when the Hollywood star and his wife violated Australia's animal import laws and brought their pups into the country without permits or a period in quarantine.

When the Australian authorities learned that the Hollywood duo had traveled Down Under with their four-legged friends without proper permission, they ordered the Depps to fly their dogs out of the country.

The Depps followed the order and flew the dogs via private jet. The actor finally broke his silence on the debacle during a press conference today at the Venice Film Festival.

"I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kind of, I don't know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia," the 52-year-old actor sarcastically said.

Few months ago, Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce had accused Depp of smuggling his dogs aboard his private plane when the actor landed in the country to resume filming of the fifth installment in Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Depp was given 50 hours by Joyce to remove the animals from Australian soil.