In Madison County, Alabama, a postal worker accused of delivering more than the mail, has been suspended and charged with animal cruelty after authorities allege she fed meatballs laced with nails to at least one dog on her route, according to United States Postal officials, reports Reuters.
Susanna Burhans, 47, a career 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. Postal Service spokeswoman Jeldrys Lowry stated Burhams targeted Missy, a dog owned by Ed Glover, a resident in the Woody Circle area of New Hope. Glover found meatballs laced with nails near his mailbox, and concerned for his dog’s health -rushed her to the family veterinarian. The x-rays showed nails in the dog’s stomach. Missy is currently being treated and is expected to recover.
“The USPS OIG considers the allegation to be a very serious matter,” Lowry said. “When these types of allegations are made, USPS OIG special agents vigorously investigate these matters.
The U.S. Postal Service employs more than 625,113 employees and is the largest civilian federal workforce in the country,” the statement continued. “This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.”
No motive has been given for the alleged crime. Sheriff’s Captain Mike Salomonsky told WHNT , there is another area resident who has has filed a complaint. However, no further details have been released and the allegations remain under investigation.
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(Photos of postal worker and meatballs filled with nails screenshots via Alabama.com)