(a)        Larceny of horses, mules, swine, or cattle is a Class H felony.

(a1)      Larceny of a dog is a Class I felony.

(b)        In sentencing a person convicted of violating this section, the judge shall, as a minimum punishment, place a person on probation subject to the following conditions:

(1)        A person must make restitution for the damage or loss caused by the larceny of the livestock or dogs, and

(2)        A person must pay a fine of not less than the amount of the damages or loss caused by the larceny of the livestock or dogs.

(c)        No provision in this section shall limit the authority of the judge to sentence the person convicted of violating this section to an active sentence. (1866-7, c. 62; 1868, c. 37, s. 1; 1879, c. 234, s. 2; Code, s. 1066; Rev., s. 3505; 1917, c. 162, s. 2; C.S., s. 4260; 1965, c. 621, s. 6; 1981, c. 664, s. 2; 1989, c. 773, s. 2; 1993, c. 539, s. 1171; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)