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Police arrested one man Monday and began searching for another after a search warrant at an apartment on Piney Chapel Road uncovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, body armor, and a squirrel said to be on drugs.
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.
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, said Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
WAAY 31 talked with folks who live near where the search warrant happened and where the 'attack squirrel' was found.
“I love animals. I don’t like to kill animals," Billy Clem said. "I just don’t believe in killing or harming animals.”
Billy Clem‘s best friend is his Great Dane, Romeo. So, when the animal-lover heard a squirrel was found locked in a cage at a home just down the road from his, he was upset.
“It’s sad, because that squirrel should be out in a tree somewhere, not in a cage," Clem said. "It's not anything anybody could be proud of, that’s for certain.”
Deputies say they got a tip that Mickey Paulk was using the animal to attack, and giving it meth to keep it aggressive.
“It’s sad that a man is sick enough to do an animal like that," Clem said. "I think they should lock him in a cage and leave him for a while, and let him know how the squirrel felt in there.”
While hearing about this attack squirrel was pretty surprising, Clem said the drug raid didn’t necessarily shock him.
“Cars are coming in and out all night that shouldn’t be coming in and out at that time of night," he said. "These young people—if they were in their right mind and not on drugs, they wouldn’t be doing the things they’re doing.”
Investigators told WAAY 31 they contacted wildlife agents who said the best thing to do would be to release the squirrel into the wild. They did that, and said they weren't able to safely test it for meth.
If Clem sees the squirrel in his yard, he said he'll keep his distance.
“Well, I’ll stay away from it, I’ll tell you that! I don’t want a hyped-up squirrel around me!”
It’s illegal to have a pet squirrel in Alabama, so additional charges for that, as well as animal cruelty charges, could be possible.
Anyone with information about Paulk's whereabouts is asked to call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111.