(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:

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 14-81

  • damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.

(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).)