Actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” has teamed with PETA to urge people not to get a husky if they don’t intend to keep the dog for life.
The Emmy-winning actor issued a statement through PETA:
“Please, to all of ‘Game of Thrones’ many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying Huskies. Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”
ABC reports that the Martinez shelter in the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a jump of 300 percent in Huskies since “Game of Thrones” started. Many people aren’t doing their research on the breed and don’t realize what a high-energy dog they’ve just brought home.
Dinklage is an animal activist and dog owner. He recently tweeted out pictures of him walking his elderly dog.
Before bringing home a dog, do some research and find a breed that fits your lifestyle. And remember, adopt, don’t shop!
PETA points out that this trend has happened before with “101 Dalmatians,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Men in Black,” with people adopting a particular breed because it was featured in a hit movie, then abandoning it.