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‘Family Guy’ Fans: Please Bring Brian Back!

"Family Guy" fans are not letting cartoon canine Brian Griffin go so easily; they're petitioning to bring their favorite talking dog back on the show.

The FOX animated series shocked fans when it killed off the major character in Sunday's episode, and they are now urging everyone to sign a petition on Change.org to plead with creator Seth MacFarlane to change his mind.

The online petition reads, "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. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America's dog! Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience. 'Family Guy' and FOX Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show."

On Tuesday morning, the petition had already amassed 35,000 signatures and counting.

In Sunday's episode, titled "Life of Brian," the dog's demise seemed permanent after he was hit by a car while attempting to play with his constant companion, baby Stewie. Even the devious tot’s time machine couldn't bring Brian back.

Although MacFarlane has yet to comment on the sad event, “Family Guy” producer Steve Callaghan told E! News he has faith the fans will come around. "Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series."