Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Photo of hanging dog launches investigation

Photo of hanging dog launches investigation

A Wilmington, North Carolina pet grooming business is under fire tonight after a picture showing what appears to be a dog hanging from a rafter went viral.

HLN affiliate WWAY reports the dog in the picture is alive and well but The New Hanover County Animal Services Unit is now investigating the incident. The owner of the pet grooming business tells WWAY a former employee strung the dog up a few years ago as part of some sort of continuing joke. That employee has since been fired for allegedly stealing.

Nathan is back & dancing his way into our hearts!

Nathan is back & dancing his way into our hearts!

We first met Nathan last year, a Hairless Chinese Crested dog in need of a loving home. He hit it big time when Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue posted the insanely adorable video of Nathan chair dancing with some furry friends cheering him on in the background.

Well, he's back and better than ever, Nathan has been adopted and one thing's for sure, he still loves to dance! Check him out here breaking it down here to Cupid's "Cupid Shuffle" in special Valentine's day video posted to the Dancing Nathan Facebook page.

Weekend with The Rescues

Weekend with The Rescues

The Rescues is a brand-new online reality show where Jane gives you a glimpse into her day-to-day life with her rescued furry friends!

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

It's a race against time to save Sochi's dogs. WARNING - the video is graphic.

As the Olympic opening ceremony gets underway, it's open season on the thousands of strays wandering the city's streets and they’re being rapidly, cruelly, exterminated. Russian policies are calling these living, breathing creatures biological trash.

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Looking for a fur baby? All these loving pets need homes!

Each night, Jane Velez-Mitchell features her "Pet of the Day" on her show at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Today, we have a special collection for Pet of the Day. These pets all need new homes. 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is teaming up with animal welfare expert Jane Garrison and adoptapet.com to try to find some amazing animals new and loving homes. You can find information on adopting each animal below. And you can always go to adoptapet.com to rescue an animal near you! If you save any of these animals, please send us a photo so we can post it on the website. Our email address is Jane@hlntv.com

Meet The Rescues!

Meet The Rescues!

Meet The Rescues is a brand-new online reality show where Jane gives you a glimpse into her day-to-day life with her rescued furry friends!

Russell Simmons asks Obama to end dolphin hunts

Russell Simmons asks Obama to end dolphin hunts

Russell Simmons spoke to Jane about the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan saying, “This kind of suffering should not be tolerated.” Sea Shepherd says more than 1,200 dolphins have been herded into ‘the cove’ and about 600 have been killed. Many dolphins have been pulled from the cove and taken into captivity. Simmons tells Jane, “These abusement parks should be stopped.”

Simmons and Simone Reyes penned a letter to Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan (click here to download the pdf). It has also been signed by a bunch of celebrities. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is mentioned in the letter, is a huge free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and several countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia, Chile, Mexico and Japan. It isn't expected to just deal with how goods are imported and exported but also with other factors like labor and environmental standards. The letter also makes mention of the film, "Blackfish." The controversial 2013 documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, focuses on the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was aired later on CNN, which is HLN's sister network.

You have to see this dancing dog

You have to see this dancing dog

This video called 'the warm up dance' was posted by Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue and it just made our day. 

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

Hero dog saves man from subway

Hero dog saves man from subway

A scary story with a happy ending.  When Cecil Williams, a 61-year-old blind man, began to faint on the platform of a Manhattan subway station, his loyal guide dog Orlando started to bark and tried to pull him back from the edge of the train tracks.  But Cecil lost consciousness and fell, and Orlando fell in after him.  Orlando barked and licked his owner's face in an attempt to wake him up.  As a train approached, witnesses screamed at the motorman to slam on the breaks.  He slowed the train, but the first two cars ran over Cecil and Orlando, who were luckily positioned between the rails.  Cecil suffered a few cuts and scrapes, and Orlando was up and moving just after the accident.

This miraculous story had a tragic twist--Orlando is about to turn 11 years old, which means that he’ll have to retire as a guide dog and Cecil’s insurance will stop paying for his care just next month.  Cecil said he didn't have the money to care for Orlando himself, so he was going to be forced to give the dog that he calls his best buddy up for adoption.

Protecting our animals!

Protecting our animals!

The Port Authority, which oversees New York City area airports, added the snowy owl to the list of birds that can be killed to protect planes from bird strikes, even going as far as shooting three of these creatures after an owl was reportedly sucked into an engine.

Thanks to passionate animal lovers, the Port Authority was forced to change its policy. Following a petition posted to change.org with more 7,000 signatures demanding New York and New Jersey stop shooting the snowy owls, airport officials announced they would now trap and release them instead.

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