WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- WHNT reports that a man is due to appear in court in Limestone County, Alabama for possession of a wild animal among other charges.
- In 2019, Limestone County police raided a home after getting a tip that Mickey Paulk is trying to create a trained attack squirrel by feeding the animal with methamphetamine.
- Paulk denied the charges saying in a video that meth can kill squirrels while holding one which he claimed as the same animal.
A man appeared at an Alabama court on Monday for purportedly giving a squirrel crystal meth to make it more aggressive.
WHNT reported that the rodent’s owner, 36-year-old Mickey Paulk, is scheduled to appear before a Limestone County judge for possession of a wild animal.
According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, they conducted a raid on a house at Piney Chapel Road in 2019 after receiving a report that Paulk had been attempting to create an “attack squirrel” by feeding it with meth.
The police found the animal in a cage as well as body armor and drugs including meth. Although Paulk was not there at the time, they arrested 37-year-old Ronnie Reynolds who was present at the home. They began searching for Paulk after Raymond told them that the rodent belonged to Paulk.
Nine days later, Paulk was caught riding a stolen motorcycle as he was leaving a hotel in Lauderdale County. AL.com said he was taken into custody after smashing into a police vehicle.
Authorities were unable to test the squirrel for meth so they had to release the animal into the wild, as per the advice of the Alabama Game and Fish Division.
Besides the wild animal charge, Paulk was also accused of possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia and a felony charge for possession of a firearm. Though he was also charged with possession of the stolen property, this was dismissed in October.
Paulk denied the charges even releasing several videos to his YouTube page of him petting a squirrel perched on his shoulder which he claimed to be the same one while saying:
“You can’t give squirrels meth, it would kill them. I’m pretty sure.”
Although he described the animal as an “a—hole and a mean motherf—er”, he said the rodent is not a trained attack squirrel.
He also added in the clip that he already moved out from the house that the police raided and that the drug paraphernalia wasn’t his. He went on to claim that he was planning to return to the house to get the animal when the police apprehended him and charged him for no reason.
If convicted, Paulk faces a maximum fine of $500 or three months in prison.