A Warner Robins mayoral candidate accused of keeping too many cats faces more than $3,000 in fines for violations of the city's animal ordinance.
That's according to William Childs, clerk of Warner Robins Municipal Court.
He said a municipal court judge found Eva Folse guilty after a four-and-half hour hearing held on Tuesday -- National Cat Day.
Folse last month told 13WMAZ that she was running for mayor to partly to draw attention to poor priorities in the city's animal-control department.
In May, she was given 31 citations because officers found 11 cats in a vacant rental home that she owned on Lynn Avenue.
City law prohibits owning more than three.
The officer described the conditions saying, "The odor inside the residence was very strong. There was trash and animal feces and litter covering the room."
The officer accused her of trying to interfere with their investigation, not providing food for the cats, and not showing proof of rabies shots.
Childs said Folse's lawyer, Paul Christian, and a prosecutor each called four witnesses in Tuesday's hearing.
He said Folse:
-- was found not guilty of failing to inoculate the cats for rabies.
-- was found guilty interfering with an animal-control officer. She was fined $150 and ordered to pay $50 court costs.
-- was found guilty of nine counts of violating the city's animal-care ordinance. She was fined $150 on each count.
-- was found guilty of exceeding the number of cats she could keep, and fined $1,000.
-- was found guilty of violating the waste-removal ordinance and fined $500.
She also received two years' probation.
Childs says Folse has 10 days to appeal the case to Houston County Superior Court.
She is one of six candidates running for Warner Robins mayor. Early voting ends Friday, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.
Last month, Folse told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones she's being persecuted by city officials. She said she was also fined $1,250 for a similar case five years ago.