77-year-old Will Spend Day in Jail for Allowing Dogs to 'Habitually Bark'

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT

Town of Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) -A 77-year-old woman will head to jail Friday after being found guilty of allowing her dogs to habitually bark. 77-year-old Barbara Creighton has lived on Zimmerman Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda for 26 years, but for the next 24 hours she'll be forced to live in a jail cell at the Alden Correctional Facility. Town of Tonawanda Police say since 2009, 30 complaints have been filed against Creighton by neighbors who claim her dogs bark excessively and it happens during all hours of the day. Creighton says she's already paid close to $2,000 in fines and put bark collars on her dogs, Shadow (13) and Lacey (6).

"I'm 77, I've never had a parking ticket, never had a speeding ticket, and because of these complaints I'm going to jail," said Creighton.

The 77-year-old admits her dogs do occasionally bark, but says it never happens at odd times of the night or in the early morning to bother neighbors. Town of Tonawanda Court Judge Daniel Caverallo found her in violation of the Habitual Barking Ordinance, and made the jail sentence Wednesday.

"I've been there for all the complaints and trust me when I tell you, the judge has exhausted everything to get her to comply," said Town of Tonawanda Animal Control Officer Tom Pilat. "He's hoping this will help. It just gives these people a quality of life back."