11/26/2013 12:36 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2013

Brian's Death On 'Family Guy' Causes Fan Uproar

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 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, 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.

A website called "Brian Griffin's Special Announcement" featuring a countdown clock made headlines in Variety and Deadline, but EW's James Hibberd debunked the site's authenticity.

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