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Drug dealer uses squirrel to guard his apartment

Never mind a pit bull -- this house is guarded by a squirrel.  On meth.

As reported by WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama, Limestone County sheriff's deputies on Monday arrested 37-year-old Ronnie Reynolds on various drug-related charges and are currently searching for his alleged accomplice, 35-year-old Mickey Paulk

While searching their apartment, deputies allegedly discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, body armor, ammunition -- and an attack squirrel that Paulk fed meth to keep him aggressive.

Deputies found the strung-out squirrel locked in a cage inside the apartment.  Rather than test it for meth, they instead called local wildlife officials, who said the best thing to do would be to just release the squirrel back into the wild and let it sober up there.

While local laws don't specifically address the legality of feeding illegal addictive drugs to squirrels, they do state that it's illegal to keep a squirrel as a pet.  Paulk could face an additional charge for that, as well as animal cruelty charges, when he's caught.

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