§67.1. Theft of livestock
A. Any of the following acts shall constitute theft of livestock:
(1) The misappropriation or taking of livestock belonging to another or proceeds derived from the sale of such livestock or its meat, whether done without the consent of the owner to the misappropriation or taking, or by means of fraudulent conduct, practices, or representations, with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of the livestock or proceeds derived from the sale of the livestock or its meat.
(2) Transporting or causing the transportation of livestock to a slaughterhouse or a public livestock market as defined in R.S. 3:663, for purposes of selling or keeping the livestock or meat with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of the livestock or meat or proceeds derived from the sale of the livestock or meat.
(3) Failing or refusing to pay for livestock purchased from an agent, dealer, public livestock market as defined in R.S. 3:663, or owner, or acquired with the consent of the agent, dealer, public livestock market, or owner, within thirty days of the date the livestock was purchased or acquired or the date payment was due, whichever is longer, with the intent to permanently deprive the other of the livestock or the value of the livestock.
B. Either of the following acts shall constitute presumptive evidence of the intent to permanently deprive the other of the livestock or meat, or proceeds derived from sale of the livestock or meat:
(1) Assignment of the livestock in a record book maintained by a slaughterhouse or public livestock market as defined in R.S. 3:663, in a name other than that of the owner.
(2) Failing to pay for the livestock within ten days after notice of a request for payment or return of the livestock or meat has been sent by the agent, dealer, public livestock market as defined in R.S. 3:663, or owner, to the offender's last known address by either registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by actual delivery by a commercial courier.
C. Affirmative defenses shall include but not be limited to a contract establishing longer terms for payment and fraud with regard to the quality of the livestock.
D. "Livestock" means any animal except dogs and cats, bred, kept, maintained, raised, or used for profit, that is used in agriculture, aquaculture, agritourism, competition, recreation, or silvaculture, or for other related purposes or used in the production of crops, animals, or plant or animal products for market. This definition includes but is not limited to cattle, buffalo, bison, oxen, and other bovine; horses, mules, donkeys, and other equine; goats; sheep; swine; chickens, turkeys, and other poultry; domestic rabbits; imported exotic deer and antelope, elk, farm-raised white-tailed deer, farm-raised ratites, and other farm-raised exotic animals; fish, pet turtles, and other animals identified with aquaculture which are located in artificial reservoirs or enclosures that are both on privately owned property and constructed so as to prevent, at all times, the ingress and egress of fish life from public waters; any commercial crawfish from any crawfish pond; and any hybrid, mixture, or mutation of any such animal.
E. The Livestock Brand Commission shall have primary responsibility for the enforcement and collection of information in such cases, and livestock brand inspectors shall aid all law enforcement agencies in such investigations.
F. Whoever commits the crime of theft of livestock shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars, imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or both.
Acts 2018, No. 68, §1.