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Wanted Alabama ‘attack squirrel’ owner arrested after chase

Mickey Paulk is alleged to have trained the squirrel to attack. Credit: Limestone County Sheriff’s Office/AP

An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called “attack squirrel” he considered a pet has been arrested.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught on Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator’s vehicle.

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Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple arrest warrants unrelated to the squirrel named “Deeznutz”, made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fuelled, trained attack squirrel.

Paulk told reporters last week that he was working on a plan for turning himself in to authorities.

But authorities said he was taken to Lauderdale County Jail after fleeing a motel on a stolen motorcycle.

It is unclear whether he has a lawyer. Deeznutz could not be tested for meth and has been released.

The squirrel, named 'Deeznutz', has been released back into the wild. Credit: AP

Paulk had earlier posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to the squirrel, which he considers a pet.

In it, he said: “You can’t give squirrels meth; it would kill ’em. I’m pretty sure, (but) I’ve never tried it."

Paulk said the squirrel, which he kept as a pet, was safe and not a threat to anyone.

“The public isn’t in danger in any kind of way from the methed-out squirrel in the neighbourhood,” Paulk said with a laugh.