Authorities have seized a French bulldog belonging to former NBA player Lamar Patterson at Brisbane Airport after he was caught attempting to bring the pet into Australia in his hand luggage.
Patterson, who signed with Australia’s National Basketball League franchise the Brisbane Bullets this week, arrived on a flight from Los Angeles and was detained when the authorities made the discovery in his carry-on bag.
Kobe, the bulldog, has been quarantined and is awaiting deportation back to the US, an agriculture department spokesperson said Friday.
The dog had not been declared and was transported without an import permit, the department’s statement added.
It also said Patterson was issued with an infringement notice and fined 420 Australian dollars (300 US dollars) for providing a false declaration on his incoming passenger card.
According to Australian broadcaster ABC, Qantas cabin crew did not detect the dog during Patterson’s flight.
The 27-year-old, who previously played for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks,
“has now settled into his Brisbane apartment with the French bulldog spending time in quarantine,” the Brisbane Bullets said.
Australia has some of the world’s strictest biosecurity regulations.
In addition import permits and health checks, animals also must stay at least 10 days in a government quarantine facility in Australia.
In 2016, the then agriculture minister threatened to euthanise two Yorkshire terriers belonging to Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his now ex-wife Amber Heard after they brought them into Australia on a private jet without the proper paperwork.