LOS ANGELES: Fans of hit US television show “Family Guy” launched a protest petition Monday after Brian the dog, a main character since the series’ 1999 launch, was killed off. The unexpected plot twist in Sunday night’s episode, “Life of Brian,” triggered a flood of comments on social media, including 120,000 Likes for a Facebook page “RIP Brian Griffin from Family Guy.” “Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experience. He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show,” said a petition on the change.org website, after the animated canine was run over by a car. “‘Family Guy’ and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show.”–AFP