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Police rescue meth fed ‘attack squirrel’ from drug bust

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An “attack squirrel” was rescued when sheriff’s deputies seized methamphetamine, ammunition and more at a north Alabama home during a Monday drug bust, authorities said.

Deputies served a search warrant at an apartment in the Athens area of Limestone County. One man was arrested on drug charges, but Limestone County deputies say they are still looking for 35-year-old Mickey Paulk, the resident of the apartment.

“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,” said sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young in a news release.

Young said deputies found the squirrel inside a cage. Upon advice of state conservation officials, Young said, deputies released the squirrel into a nearby wooded area.

“There was no safe way to test the squirrel for meth,” said Sheriff Mike Blakely’s office in the press release.

Young said deputies seized meth, drug paraphernalia and body armor in the apartment. Paulk, who wasn’t home during the search, is wanted on warrants charging him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a firearms possession charge.

At the scene investigators arrested Ronnie Reynolds, a 37-year-old from Ardmore. Reynolds is charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house, records show. He was released from the Limestone County jail on $4,000 bail.

Anyone with information about the case can contact the sheriff’s office at 256-232-0111.

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