Dog breeding

Couple charged with illegal dog breeding face Plymouth court


A couple accused of breeding dogs without a license and lying to sell puppies have again appeared in court.

Marcellus, 52, and Victoria Weaver, 53, faced a judge over several counts of fraud involving breeds, including spaniels, poodles and shih-tzus.

The couple were due to argue in Plymouth Crown Court, but lawyers said more time was needed for discussions between the two sides.

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They previously denied all charges before city magistrates. A tentative jury trial date has already been set for next year.

Judge Simon Carr has adjourned the hearing until September 10. The two accused, of Westcountry Close, Camels Head, were released on bail.

The Weavers are both accused of breeding dogs without a license between August 2019 and August 2020.

Marcellus Weaver at Plymouth Crown Court, where he faced charges related to dog breeding

Marcellus Weaver is alternately accused of having advised and instigated his wife to commit the offense.

Victoria Weaver is charged with two counts of misrepresentation fraud and three counts of unfair trade practice in a lawsuit brought by Plymouth City Council.

Marcellus Weaver is charged with three counts of fraud by misrepresentation.

A potential trial has been listed for March 7 next year.

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