Brian's death on the Sunday, Nov. 24 episode of "Family Guy" has caused quite a stir on the Internet.
Shortly after the episode, a Change.org petition went up asking Fox and Seth MacFarlane to bring back the beloved pooch. The petition has more than 30,000 signatures.
"The writers of 'Family Guy' didn't just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years," the petition reads. "They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America's dog!"
According to Deadline.com, Tony Sirico, the voice of the Griffin family's new dog, has done six episodes of the animated Fox series and has the option to become a series regular. The trade site also theorizes killing Brian could be a way to boost toy and merchandise sales.
Confirmed by producers: That Family Guy Brian announcement countdown site is a fan hoax http://t.co/MFWrqSCG0q
— James Hibberd (@James_Hibberd) November 26, 2013