Unless you are a sworn officer with general jurisdiction enforcement, larceny will not be a report you would routinely respond too.
However, investigating animal larceny is an area of animal services that can support law enforcement response and potential charges being made.
Animal theft is fairly commonplace but can be sporadic in nature. Popular small animal breeds are stolen from pet shops and out of yards. Livestock are stolen, sold and butchered. Exotic animals are taken from zoos, teaching facilities and exhibitions. More animals are stolen from animal shelters than people may realize.
Some reasons people steal animals:
Sale and sale of progeny
Fighters or bait in dog-fighting (various species are used)
Breeders for puppy mills
Meat for human consumption (livestock in the USA)
Meat for exotic or other carnivorous animals
Fur for clothing and accessories
For sale in pet stores
Protective guard dogs
Ritual sacrifice for satanic cults
Avoidance of fees or fines
Animal officers can minimize risk of animal larceny by encouraging permanent identification of animals, spaying and neutering and education and enforcement of confinement or leash laws.
The theft of or receiving of any stolen property is considered larceny in North Carolina. As animals are considered property, they would technically be a matter of interest; however, North Carolina has enacted specific legislation regarding the larceny of animals. Larceny of horses, mules, swine or cattle is a Class H felony; larceny of a dog is classified as a lower Class I felony.
Larceny of property or services valued at $1,000 or less is a Class 1 misdemeanor violation. Sentences are determined based on the value of goods or property. Larceny of property or services valued at $1,000 or more is a Class H felony violation. The convicted may also be ordered to compensate the victims for damages and have property used in the crime forfeited.
Types of damage that can occur during animal larceny:
Barns, other structures
Injury to animals
Recommend to the animal owner to take pictures of the site and contact law enforcement.
There are no public agencies or statistics regarding animal theft. There are private organizations with missions to recover stolen animals. One national organization works nationally to recover stolen horses.
North Carolina Laws - Animal Control - Animal Protection - Public Health