Guilty Verdict Over Barking Dogs | News
TONAWANDA, N.Y. - A Town of Tonawanda woman was found guilty of a town violation Wednesday night because of complaints that her dogs will not stop barking.
77 year-old Barbara Creighton was recently sentenced to 24 hours in jail because she failed to do anything about her barking dogs following numerous complaints from neighbors.
Her sentencing in this case is scheduled for sometime in September. The judge told her that he would be taking into account the number of complaints against her barking dogs.
Creighton tells Two On Your Side's Ron Plants that when she arrived at the Alden Correctional Facility to serve her sentence, she was told to go home and that her case would be listed as "time served."
Creighton says this particular court appearance stems from an incident around midnight on July 4th when police cited her because of the barking dogs. Creighton claims her two dogs were startled when someone set off fireworks behind her home on Zimmerman Boulevard. But after the court appearance, she said this appearance was not from the July 4th incident, but a complaint that happened back in June.
Police say that Creighton's file collected over three years, has complaints from more than five neighbors who called police for the barking dogs especially at night. Responding officers also noticed the problem. Police say they do not know what the town judge will decide in this court appearance for Creighton but she has been fined in the past.