Dog Abuse

Mail Carrier Arrested for Feeding Meatballs Stuffed with Nails to Dogs Along Route

An Alabama mail carrier was arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges after police say she fed meatballs stuffed with nails to dogs along her mail route.

meatballs stuffed with nails

Image credit Ed Glover/WHNT News

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged USPS mail carrier, Susanna Burhans, 47, with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class C felony, after it was discovered that she’d fed meatballs stuffed with nails to at least one animal along her mail route.

Dog owner, Ed Glover discovered one of the meatballs on the ground by his mailbox at his New Hope home and, upon closer inspection, found that it was filled with small nails. He immediately suspected that one had already been fed to his dog, Missy.

He took the dog to a veterinarian where x-rays revealed nails clearly visible inside Missy’s stomach.

meatballs stuffed with nails

Image credit Ed Glover/WHNT News

Glover contacted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office who, along with the Postal Service, were already investigating a complaint they’d received against Burhans from another neighbor two weeks prior.

“We gathered intelligence from the Postal Service and put everything together,” Madison County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Salomonsky told “Right now, we know for sure there’s one dog. But there’s another neighbor that had a complaint, so there might be two or more.”

Mail carrier Susanna Burhans faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. She was released from the Madison County Jail after posting $2,500 bail. A court date is pending.

Anyone in the Woody Circle area of the New Hope community of North Alabama who suspects their dog may have been affected should call the Sheriff’s Office at 256-722-7181.




  1. Shari Bardo

    Jun 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Animal abuse should be an offense that results in her losing her job AND her pension and benefits. A servant of the public that forfeits all proceeds from the public. She should be required to pay all vet bills, court proceedings, ect. None of these would have occurred but by her instigations.

    • Carolyn Tinehart

      Jun 19, 2017 at 5:15 am

      I agree, loss of job and benefits. She also needs to be accountable for all damages. This is a disgusting act on these poor defenseless pet. She must be held accountable for this crime!!!

  2. Charity

    Jun 5, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Is the dog going to be okay?

  3. Donna antonelli

    Jun 3, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Who does that!!! What a sick deranged woman!!! Hope she goes to jail!!

  4. Sandi

    Jun 3, 2017 at 1:04 am

    She should not have been released until after court date.

  5. Mary Duffy

    Jun 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    If proven, shoot her! Unforgivable to do such to God's nicest creation.

    • Myra Diphyto

      Jun 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      She should be killed and it should be streamed live. People want to see animal abusers killed in the most creative ways.

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