Mail carrier accused of feeding dog nail-laced meatballs

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An Alabama mail carrier was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after police say she fed neighborhood dogs meaty treats with unsafe ingredients.

Susanna Dawn Burhans was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and released on a $2,500 bond by the Madison County Sheriff's office on June 1.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Salomonsky says the investigation began with a complaint almost two weeks ago, but at least one other resident has filed a complaint.

Ed Glover, who has his mail delivered by Burhans, found a nail-laced meatball on the ground near his mailbox out front of his New Hope home, he told WHNT. "But there's another neighbor that had a complaint, so there might be two or more", said Capt. Mike Salomonsky, AL.com reported. He became anxious about his dog Missy, and X-rays later showed that nails were inside the dog's stomach.

"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", USPS spokeswoman Jeldrys Lowry told the Post. He said he wants the system to do what is right, so no other pets can be harmed, and that Burhans does not return to her job as a mail carrier.

It is not clear when Burhans will appear again in court.

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