Mail carrier arrested for feeding dog meatballs with nails

Susanna Dawn Burhans a 47 year old Alabama mail carrier faces up to ten years jail if convicted of feeding a dog meat balls that contained nails.

"We gathered intelligence from the Postal Service and put everything together", Madison County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Salomonsky said.

According to AL.com, she was arrested after a joint investigation between the Postal Service and the Madison County Sheriff's office into complaints that she fed the meatballs to at least one dog in New Hope, AL.

Ed Glover of New Hope told CBS Huntsville affiliate WHNT-TV that he found one of the meatballs on the ground by his mailbox.

A veteran letter carrier, Burhans is now on a non-duty status with the USPS, Lowry said.

The investigation began with a complaint almost two weeks ago, Salomonsky said. He believes the mail carrier had already fed one to his dog, Missy. She was arrested Thursday and was released after posting $2,500 bond.

According to the latest salary data on FedsDataCenter.com, Burhans is paid by the Postal Service on an hourly basis at a rate of $28.66 per hour based on FY 2017 data. He took his dog, Missy, to the veterinarian, where staff X-rayed her stomach and saw that she had consumed nails. 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 if Burhans still works there.


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