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 USA on Friday.
Lamar Patterson, left, plays with Steven Adams at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
Lamar Patterson's beloved French bulldog, Kobe, will be sent back to the U.S. after the American player and Brisbane Bullets recruit arrived in Australia on Thursday with the dog tucked away in his bag.
AN AMERICAN basketball player who flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage has faced questioning from Australian quarantine officials.
"But it was on my ticket that I was travelling with a pet, even my return ticket". But Kobe was kept in quarantine and will be deported back to the US, Australia's agriculture department says.
Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis told The Courier Mail the club took some responsibility for the incident because they had not filled in the 1.96m shooting guard on Australia's strict quarantine laws.
Patterson was briefly detained.
Patterson had flown on internal United States flights that allowed Kobe onboard, before taking a Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane where the dog went unnoticed.
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"If this is big news then Australia is an fantastic place to live at", Patterson told a news conference on Friday. "It was a miscommunication with the airlines".
Qantas permits only assistance dogs in the cabin but the dog went undetected by airline staff, Australian media reported.
Patterson said the only reason a well-behaved Kobe was discovered was because he barked at customs search dogs at Brisbane airport.
"They probably thought he only meant domestically and when he got to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) no one said anything to him, he went through security".
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"After landing in Brisbane, the 27-year-old spent most of the morning with Custom's [sic] officials after Patterson's French Bulldog made the journey from Los Angeles in his carry-on luggage", the statement said.
Heard later pleaded guilty in a Queensland court of falsifying quarantine documents and copped a $1000 fine.