Nail-spiked meatballs lead to suspension for Alabama mail carrier

By Gina Cherelus

(Reuters) – An Alabama mail carrier has been suspended and charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly feeding meatballs laced with nails to at least one dog on her route, U.S. Postal Service officials said on Friday.

A joint investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service revealed that Susanna Burhans, a 47-year-old Postal Service worker, targeted a dog in a residential neighborhood in New Hope, Alabama, about 94 miles (151 km) north of Birmingham, said Postal Service spokeswoman Jeldrys Lowry.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General opened an investigation into the case last month after Burhans was reported to be throwing contaminated food at a dog.

Officials have not given details on the condition of the dog but WHNT News reported its owner, Ed Glover, told the news station he found one of the nail-filled meatballs…

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