Deputies arrest wanted man with pet squirrel

ATHENS, Ala. – Authorities have located a wanted man with a famous pet squirrel.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says investigators spotted Paulk while doing surveillance at America’s Best Value Inn in Killen. Authorities say Paulk fled on a stolen motorcycle and rammed an investigator’s vehicle during a brief chase before he was arrested.

According to Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Paulk was wanted for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Paulk also has a pet squirrel that was discovered during a  recent drug bust. Deputies searched an apartment after they received tips about an “attack squirrel” being fed meth to keep it aggressive. They found meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, ammunition, and the squirrel in a cage during the search.

The Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation issued a warrant for Paulk’s arrest.

According to game and fish, it’s illegal to possess, sell or import wild animals and they say Paulk’s Facebook video with the squirrel is in incriminating.

But the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said Paulk may not be the only person facing charges.

“There could be criminal charges associated with assisting a fleeing felon in hiding from law enforcement,” he added.


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