Animal Watch: Game of Thrones actor asks fans to stop adopting huskies
Animal activists are calling it the "Game of Thrones Effect," and it's not a good thing.
The direwolves of Game of Thrones are part Siberian husky, part German shepherd, part CGI.
Jodie Simard, Wagging Tails executive director. “A lot of people are adopting because they do see the popularity in Game of Thrones.”
Sounds absurd, but it's for real. Tyrion Lannister himself just got involved...
“Please, to all Game of Thrones' many wonderful fans, we understand due to the direwolves' huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies.”
Actor and activist Peter Dinklage posted, "Shelters are reporting many of these huskies are being abandoned."
More than one shelter telling us they've seen a doubling in the numbers of abandoned huskies. And many are destroyed.
Simard: “I mean, who doesn't want this face?”
Sophie Turner plays Sansa and adopted her direwolf in real life.
But remember, these dogs pull sleds.
Simard: “Huskies are a very high energy breed, they're also very intelligent so if you don't keep them busy and keep them exercised, they can be destructive.”
Yes, the Starks adopt a litter on the show. But remember, that's on TV. Real life is a bouncing beast actually in your living room.