Mail carrier accused of feeding nails to neighborhood dogs

WHNT News 19 reported today that a US mail carrier had been arrested in Madison County, Alabama for lacing meatballs with nails, apparently created to harm or kill dogs on her postal route.

Susanna Dawn Burhans of north Alabama was arrested after a joint investigation between the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Postal Office found evidence that she indeed fed nail-laced meatballs to at least one dog in the Woody Circle area in New Hope.

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.

Burhans was arrested on Thursday and was released after posting $2,500 bail, according to media reports from, citing Madison County Sheriff Captain Mike Salomonsky. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

He found one of the meatballs on the ground by his mailbox at his New Hope home, and discovered that the meatball was filled with nails. The mail carrier is now on off-duty status.

"Right now, we know for sure there's one dog".

Oftentimes, dogs merely bite out of fear or when they feel cornered. He took his dog, Missy, to the veterinarian, where staff X-rayed her stomach and saw that she had consumed nails.

A Postal Service spokeswoman told the New York Post that Burhans has been with the Postal Service for 21 years and is now on non-duty status.

  • Zachary Reyes