LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) — UPDATE (June 19):
An Alabama man wanted on drug and weapons charges has posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" that he considers a pet.
Mickey Paulk posted the video on his Facebook page Tuesday night as authorities continued searching for him. It shows him stroking a rodent that he indicates was the same one seized during a search and then released by authorities.
"You can't give squirrels meth; it would kill 'em. I'm pretty sure, (but) I've never tried it," he said.
He said the squirrel, which he kept as a pet, was safe and not a threat to anyone.
"The public isn't in danger in any kind of way from the methed-out squirrel in the neighborhood," Paulk said with a laugh.
Stephen Young, a spokesman for the Limestone County Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday investigators were still looking for Paulk, 35, who has an extensive criminal record.
"Yes, we're aware of the video," he said. "And yes, that's him in the video."
Police said they were warned about a meth-fueled, trained attack squirrel before conducting a drug search at a rural home near Athens, Alabama, on Monday. One man was arrested at the home and police said they released the caged squirrel.
In the video, Paulk denied living at the home but said he went there after the raid and saw the pet squirrel in a treetop. The animal scampered down and hopped on his shoulder, he said.
"I just pulled up and whistled," said Paulk, who is wanted on warrants accusing him of possession of drugs and an illegal weapon.
Deputies released the squirrel in trees near the home, Young said, but there was no way to say whether the squirrel shown in the video is the same one released by officers after the raid.
"We don't know if he might even have two squirrels," he said. "It would just be speculation."
Narcotics investigators in Limestone County, Alabama, arrested one man and are looking for another after they executed a search warrant Monday that yielded meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor — and a squirrel.
Mickey Paulk, 35, is wanted by investigators for possession of a controlled substance, certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Limestone County Sheriff's Office at 256-232-0111.
Ronnie Reynolds, 37, of Ardmore, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and loitering at a known drug house. He was released from the Limestone County Jail on $4,000 bond.
Prior to the search warrant, investigators were informed that Mickey Paulk kept an "attack squirrel" inside his apartment, and that Paulk fed the squirrel meth to keep it aggressive.
The investigation provided probable cause to obtain a search warrant, and around 8:30 Monday morning investigators and deputies executed the search warrant at Paulk's apartment in the 21000 block of Piney Chapel Road. Reynolds was inside the apartment, but Paulk wasn't home at the time. Investigators found meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, ammunition, and the squirrel in the residence.
The squirrel was inside a cage. An Animal Control deputy arrived and contacted the Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation. Game and Fish confirmed that it is illegal to have a pet squirrel, and they recommended releasing the squirrel, which deputies did successfully.
There was no safe way to test the squirrel for meth.
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