EVERY DOG HAS ITS DRUG
The Jones County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a dog in Laurel brought a large bag of marijuana back to his home. According to Mississippi Live, the homeowner originally thought the dog was carrying a bag of garbage until he looked closer and realized it was leafy and smelled suspiciously like cannabis. Authorities said the bag contained around a pound of marijuana, but the dog’s dealer is still unknown. This is what is also known as a cannabis canine.
WHEN YOUR TRIP TO THE BEACH TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORSE
A similarly strange, but much sadder, animal event also happened in the state this week. This past weekend, nine dead farm animals washed onto the shore of a beach on the Mississippi coast. According to KALB News, among the animals were two goats, one hog and six chickens. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said there were no signs of animal cruelty in the situation, but that it is possible the animals drowned during recent flooding in nearby Louisiana.
MAQUARIUM OR BUST
The Mississippi Aquarium, that is. Gulfport recently announced their plan to open a $65 million aquarium in early 2019. According to the Sun Herald, the city already has $40 million raised for constructing the building, but they have budgeted another $25 million to acquire the animals. State legislation approved $24.5 million in 2015 in state bonds to help pay for the attraction. Gov. Phil Bryant himself pledged $25,000 for the project. Plans currently project that the aquarium will be a three-level facility including one large body of water, a touch pool with stingrays and a shark exhibit with acrylic walls. Construction is slated to begin in 2017.
WHEN YOUR HONEYMOON BECOMES INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Mississippi teen Jaelyn Young was arrested in August after suspicion from the FBI that she was involved with creating a plan to join ISIS. CBS News reported Tuesday that Young was found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization this week. Her sentence? Up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime probation. Her fiancee, Muhammad Dakhlalla, pleaded guilty to similar charges in March and is awaiting his sentence. Young converted to Islam while studying at Mississippi State University and became interested in ISIS through online recruiting videos. Young and Dakhlalla crafted a plan to get married and fake a honeymoon in order to get to Syria.