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MADISON COUNTY, Ala.- A Madison County mail carrier is charged in an animal cruelty case.

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies charged Susanna Burhans, 47, with aggravated animal cruelty after they say she fed meaty treats with dangerous ingredients to dogs along her route.

Ed Glover tells WHNT News 19 Burhans was his mail carrier.

Glover showed WHNT News 19 the meatball he said he found by the mailbox

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. He believes the mail carrier had already fed one to his dog, Missy.

He became worried about Missy, and tells us he took her to the veterinarian. Glover showed us x-rays he says were taken that day, and nails are clearly visible inside the dog’s stomach.

Glover showed WHNT News 19 the x-ray he said was taken the day he found the meatball

Glover is happy Burhans was charged Thursday. He said he wants the system to do what is right, so no other pets can be harmed. He hopes Burhans does not return to her job as a mail carrier.

Burhans is released from the Madison County Jail on a $2500 bond.