In Madison County, Alabama, a postal worker has been accused of delivering more than the mail as she faces animal cruelty charges after authorities say she fed treats to the neighborhood dogs filled with nails. According to Alabama.com, Susanna Burhans, 47, a United States Postal Service employee has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class C felony. She was arrested on Thursday and released from the Madison County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
A joint investigation began two weeks prior after the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Postal Service responded to a complaint by a resident in the Woody Circle area of New Hope that he found a meatball filled with nails on the ground by his mailbox. Reports from WaffNews, other homeowners say they saw the suspect throw out something on two separate occasions near the mailbox off Woody Circle.
Pet owner Ed Glover alleges his dog, Missy had been one of Burhans’ victims. When Glover took his dog to the veterinarian, x-rays showed nails inside of the dog’s stomach. Missy is expected to make a full recovery.
As of this time, no statements have been issued from the US Postal Service. It is not known if Burhans is still working. If found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty, she could face up to ten years in prison.
(Photos of postal worker and meatballs filled with nails screenshots via Alabama.com)