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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Brian Griffin the Smart-Talking Dog on Fox's Family Guy to be Killed Off of Show - Fans Petition Against Brian's Death

Following the Griffin family dog's death during Sunday's episode, fans have already collected over 30,000 signatures to revive the late pooch.

Hours after the death of smart-talking Brian Griffin on Fox's Family Guy, a fan petition calling for the pooch's revival has quickly become the top entertainment petition on

During Sunday's "Life of Brian" episode of Family Guy, the Seth MacFarlane-produced series killed off the Griffin family's sophisticated talking dog, Brian, when he was struck by a car and run over as he prepared to play in the street with Stewie. Ultimately, his injuries were too severe, and he could not be saved.

Family Guy fan Aaron Thompson of Tuscaloosa, Al., launched the petition Monday and within hours, the effort calling for the beloved dog voiced by MacFarlane to be brought back to life had already collected over 30,000 signatures.

"Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience," Thompson wrote on the site. "He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show. Family Guy and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show."

Brian and Stewie are the backbones of the series and often team to mock Griffin family patriarch Peter. Brian is one of several characters voiced by MacFarlane, who also brings Peter, Stewie, Glenn Quagmire and countless others to life on the series.

It's unclear just why MacFarlane and the Family Guy producers opted to kill off the character. Shortly after the episode concluded Sunday, Fox paid tribute to Brian with a short video.

'Family Guy' Kills Off Major Character (Video)


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Law Proposed to Protect Washington, DC Police Animals

Washington, DC - Police dogs and horses do a lot of work to help and protect their police officer partners, so D.C. police support a proposed new law to help protect the animals by imposing stiff fines and prison sentences for injuring or killing them.

“Any police dog that we have goes home with the handler,” Sgt. Johnnie Walter said. “He's with us 24 hours a day. We spend more time with these animals than we do our own family.”

Retired police officer Marcello Muzzatti spent 20 years on K-9 patrol with six different dogs, but he emotionally remembered his last, Checho.

“Worked the streets until 2008 when he retired,” Muzzatti said.” He then passed away in September of 2011. He lived to be 15 years old and he was my partner and my friend.”

That's part of why Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells -- chairman of the Judiciary Committee -- is drafting legislation protecting the police animals.

Injuring a police animal in the line of duty would have a maximum fine of $12,500 and a five-year prison sentence. Killing an official animal would be a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

“Law enforcement animals are important,” Wells said. “They're an important component of insuring public safety.”

Police dogs are trained to be aggressive on command. Few are actually injured, but officers say laws need to protect them.

The District's new legislation is similar to protections that already are in the law for federal law enforcement animals.