2021 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 8 - Offenses Involving Theft
Article 1 - Theft
§ 16-8-20. Livestock Theft

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-8-20 (2021)
  1. A person commits the offense of livestock theft when he unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any livestock of another with the intention of depriving the owner of such livestock.
  2. For the purposes of this Code section, the term "livestock" means horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, and any domestic animal produced as food for human consumption.
  3. Any person committing the offense of livestock theft commits a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years and by a fine of $1,000.00; provided, however, that, if the fair market value of the livestock taken or appropriated is $100.00 or less, the person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
  4. For the purposes of this Code section, if any livestock is killed or mutilated and a portion thereof taken, the value of the whole animal while alive or his entire carcass, whichever is greater, shall be considered for the purpose of distinguishing between a misdemeanor offense and a felony offense.

(Code 1933, § 26-1817, enacted by Ga. L. 1974, p. 1006, § 1; Ga. L. 1995, p. 244, § 10; Ga. L. 2008, p. 458, § 7/SB 364.)


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 50 Am. Jur. 2d, Larceny § 58.


- 52B C.J.S., Larceny, §§ 22, 23.


- Dogs as subject of larceny, 92 A.L.R. 212.

What constitutes "loss from theft" within provisions of Internal Revenue Code concerning deduction of losses arising from theft, 62 A.L.R.2d 572.

Stealing carcass as within statute making it larceny to steal cattle or livestock, 78 A.L.R.2d 1100.

Robbery, attempted robbery, or assault to commit robbery, as affected by intent to collect or secure debt or claim, 88 A.L.R.3d 1309.

What constitutes tax-deductible theft loss under 26 USCS § 165, 98 A.L.R. Fed. 229.

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