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Basketballer's dog smuggled to Australia in hand luggage to be deported

Basketballer's dog smuggled to Australia in hand luggage to be deported

The former University of Pittsburgh standout was fined $300 and the dog, a French Bulldog named Kobe, was sent back to the United States, according to a statement from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

An American basketballer who flew into Brisbane with his pet bulldog stashed in his hand luggage is about to feel the tyranny of distance, with the pooch to be deported.

Officials said flight attendants aboard Patterson's Qantas flight from Los Angeles failed to notice that Kobe was on board without an import permit.

The Bullets recruit was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday with his dog, Kobe.

"His understanding from the feedback received from the airlines was that he was able to travel with the dog provided it was noted on his ticket, which he complied with", the statement read.

It was a ruff start Down Under for a former National Basketball Association player who landed in Brisbane with his pet French bulldog - who was barred from entering the country and shipped back to the U.S. on Friday.

Lemanis said the team probably should have schooled its new recruit about Australia's quarantine laws. "It was a miscommunication with the airlines".

"If this is big news then Australia is an fantastic place to live at", Patterson told reporters Friday.

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The dog went undetected by cabin crew.

"I guess in his defence, we should take some responsibility".

"When he got to the airport, he asked if he could take his dog and the response was yes and it was even on his boarding pass that he was travelling with his dog". "It's a learning curve for us, as well, in terms of full communication".

Patterson, who recently signed for the Brisbane Bullets, had the pooch - called Kobe - in his carry-on when he arrived in Australia on Thursday.

A former National Basketball Association player with the Atlanta Hawks, Patterson was released but his dog was expected to be flown back to the USA on Friday.

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made headlines in 2015 when they smuggled two Yorkshire terriers into the country while filming the most recent installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

Heard later pleaded guilty in a Queensland court of falsifying quarantine documents and copped a $1000 fine.

Then-agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the dogs euthanised.


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