Alabama postwoman 'fed nails to dogs' in meatballs

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image captionThe nail-laced-meatballs were found on the ground by a dog owner near his letter box

A postwoman in northern Alabama faces up to 10 years in jail after she was arrested on suspicion of feeding a dog meatballs that contained metal nails.

US Postal Service worker Susanna Dawn Burhans, 47, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. She was detained after a two-week investigation.

"We gathered intelligence from the Postal Service and put everything together," a policeman told

Police believe she may have harmed other dogs along her mail route.

"Right now, we know for sure there's one dog," said Sheriff's Capt Mike Salomonsky.

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image captionNails were clearly visible on X-ray's of Missy's stomach

"But there's another neighbour that had a complaint, so there might be two or more," he added.

New Hope resident Ed Glover told WHNT-News that Burhans had been his postwoman.

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image captionBurhans was released after paying bail

He said that he found one of the meatballs on the ground near his letter box, and brought his dog Missy in for X-rays after finding the nails.

Burhans was released from Madison County Jail on bail.

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image captionBurhan works for the New Hope, Alabama post office

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