A Postal worker has been accused of feeding at least one dog lethal meatballs packed with sharp metal nails — and authorities are biting back, charging her with aggravated animal cruelty!
Ed Glover, of New Hope, Ala., found a spiked snack on the ground near his mailbox.
He suspected his mail carrier, 47-year-old Susanna Burhans, had given one of the deadly treats to his pup, Missy, after a witness claims to have spotted her tossing meatballs to another dog in the neighborhood.
Glover then rushed his pet to the vet, who took X-rays which clearly showed nails in the poor pooch’s stomach!
Missy survived the cruel attack and is doing well. While the case is still pending, Glover says he hopes Burhans won’t be allowed to return to her job.
“This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated,” declares USPS spokeswoman Jeldrys Lowry.
The history of the U.S. Postal Service is riddled with unfriendly encounters between mail carriers and aggressive, territory-guarding canines.
But Lowry stresses “the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hard-working and trustworthy individuals.”
She added Burhans, who’s worked for the Postal Service for more than 21 years, has been yanked from her route and placed on non-duty status.
Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Salomonsky warns there might be more than one four-legged victim suffering from a deadly doggie treat!
“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,” said Salomonsky.
Burhans was released from Madison County Jail after posting $2,500 bond and is awaiting her day in court, which could wind up sending her to jail — special delivery — for a 10-year stint in the slammer!