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Pit bull slurs lead to boycott of 98 Rock

More than 1,000 pit bull lovers in Baltimore have joined in a boycott of 98 Rock after morning show co-host Mickey Cucchiella issued a call for pit bulls to be banned, kicked and executed.

To hear his rant, go to my Facebook page.

To support the boycott, go to its Facebook page.

Cucchiella, the abrasive and often sophmoric co-host of the morning show on WIYY (97.9 on your FM dial), made the remarks after a 7-year-old girl was attacked in Dundalk by two dogs, initially identified as pit bulls.

Later, Baltimore County issued a correction, stating the dogs were not pit bulls, but American bulldogs. Both dogs were euthanized with their owner’s consent. The girl remains hospitalized with serious facial injuries that will require multiple surgeries.

“Here’s what flips me out,” Cucchiella says in the broadcast. “A little girl’s face was eaten and you hear like ‘Oh, that’s terrible.’ Michael Vick killed these idiot dogs that were people killers. That’s what he was doing, he was making them fight each other … The whole world’s in an outrage… ‘Look what Michael Vick did it’s horrible.’

“But one of the idiot f-in dogs that were bred to kill bites a little girl’s face and and people go ‘Oh, I hope she’s ok.”

“… These stupid f-in dogs need to go …  they should be banned from everywhere, they’re dumb, vicious dogs.

“I don’t want to hear from you idiot dog owners … ‘My little Choo Choo is a great dog.’ I’m sure one member of al-Qaeda is probably a decent guy and a little misguided. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to kill al-Qaeda, because most of them are bad …

“I think any dog should be able to be airborne after you kick it.”

Later, Cucchiella insists — contrary to several studies — that pit bulls have the most powerful bite of any dog. “I can grab a border collie’s bite and pry it apart, you can’t do that with a pit bull.”

In response to a pit bull owner who called in to point out any dog can be violent, Cucchiella says, “You can raise a border collie wrong, but a border collie doesn’t have the ability to rip off a child’s face … Don’t get mad at me because you love a dog that’s a killer … Dude, they did it on Mythbusters. There’s only like two or three dogs that a human can not pull apart, the other dogs’ jaws won’t dislocate and grip on.

Cucchiella and co-hosts talk about the lack of animal control officers in the city, and mention picketing at city hall — even though the incident took place in Baltimore County.

The boycott was announced on Facebook after the broadcast, and more than a thousand people joined in the cause within three days, many of them posting photos of their own pit bulls. The group calling for the boycott was started by Steven Webb Sladki, a Baltimore musician.

“I had to start this group on Monday. Of all the things, groups, and people Mickey attacks and offends, I can not sit idle and let him defame my dog. My dog can’t and wouldn’t “fight” back,” Sladki wrote in a comment to ohmidog!

Sladki, who is a member of Bmore Dog, the Baltimore Bully Crew and a volunteer at BARCS, said he chose his dog, a pit bull, because they are misrepresented and misunderstood type, often judged based on appearances — something to which he can relate.

“As a heavily tattooed, musician with a scruffy beard and a shaved head, I too am often misunderstood or misrepresented. At least I have a voice to defend myself. If people only took the time to get to know me and my dog, many of their misconceptions would be cleared up instantly.”

Sladki doubted Mickey Cucchiella would be one of those people.

On his show today, Cucchiella pretty much confirmed that, berating a group of pit bull supporters — Sladki included — who gathered in Canton to protest his remarks.

“He’s called people idiots, morons, and stupid in email replies,” said Michelle Ingrodi, a supporter of the boycott. “This morning, he was making fun of those of us who came out to silently protest in Canton square. He’s just an awful person, and it’s a shame he’s allowed to reach so many people.”


Comment from baltimoregal
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thanks to Steven Webb Sladki for starting up this group. After THREE DAYS of unrelenting, unintelligible, and unfounded attacks on pit bulls- almost 1,200 people are saying ENOUGH. When will they listen?

Comment from Jen
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

Thanks for helping to spread the word about this issue John. I do support freedom of speech, but I believe that even a dj on a morning radio show has some level of responsibility to make an attempt to ensure that what he’s reporting is based on fact – clearly not he case on the 98 rock morning show.
There are so many of us that fight on a daily basis to restore the reputation of our family dogs (“pit bulls”) to that of what it was 50 years ago, when they were the All American dog and cherished family member in so many households.
They have NEVER been bred for human aggression and in fact tend to bond with people more so than many other types of dogs. These types of dogs are abused, neglected and tortured every day – because people and the media have vilified them so tremendously. You’ll rarely read or hear a positive story about a dog (this blog excepted :)), you’ll rarely hear a news story about a retriever attacking a child…NOT because it doens’t happen, but because it doesn’t “sell” – but if you label the dog in an attack story a “pit bull”(even if it wasn’t…which is often the case, like last weekend)….wow…its all over the news! I pray for the little girls recovery and I applaud everyone who is willing to stand up for more accurate, fact based reporting AND these wonderful dogs.

Comment from Steven
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

I had to start this group on Monday. Of all the things, groups, and people Mickey attacks and offends, I can not sit idle and let him defame my dog. My dog can’t and wouldn’t “fight” back. I am his voice and I will be the voice for all Pit Bulls. I was in front of Looney’s and got minimal air time with Mickey. He was typical Mickey, but he did take the time to come out to the sidewalk and talk…though mostly “at” me and not “to” me, but that’s par for the course for him. I gave him some facts, and literature to look over. I have no doubt that he won’t change his opinion, but maybe, just maybe he’ll tame down his comments a bit. At least people got to see a wonderful dog and hear a calm, well spoken owner speak about the breed.

Comment from Victoria Minkov
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

I do NOT own a pit bull. But I do think these dogs are being treated unfairly and yes, I will boycott 98 Rock. Never again! There is so much hate in this Mickey guy, not the person I want to listen to every morning.

Comment from NancyS
Time March 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

I can’t call this guy an a$$ enough times in a day. He must be one because that’s from where all of his remarks are generated.

Comment from Nuria
Time March 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

Obviously this guy is an idiot, but sadly it’s people like him, with a platform that perpetuate the hate for these dogs!

Comment from jonathan gilbert
Time March 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Write the advertisers who use 98 Rock and single out this jerk…

Comment from jestox
Time March 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

It seems to me that the people boycotting Mickey are the ignorant ones. The breeds he has mentioned are and have been bred for aggression, plain and simple. While i agree that enviroment deffinatley comes in to play GREATLY, the fact is the breed intent for these animals is to be aggressive. Mick you are not alone. My Granfather owned a doberman, I thought was the sweetest dog in the world. Doesn’t change that he was very aggresive to anyone that came near me, including my grandfather. Mickey has done his home work, the owneers need to do theres.

Comment from mike
Time March 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

i just want to thank steven for giving 98 all this free advertising..i love 98 rock and mickey…my friends across the us r now listening via there mobile app…thx to u all…lol

Comment from Lisa
Time March 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

He is a WASTE of space on this earth. I would LOVE TOO SEE HIM EUTHANIZED!!!!!

Comment from Jess D.
Time March 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Yea, well Mike….you just read this article didn’t you? Maybe someone’s opinion will be changed by facts because of all of this. not just bs.

Comment from Fran
Time March 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hmmm…I wonder what size his brain is…

Comment from Dee
Time March 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

What an idiot. Discrimination against an entire group because SOME are bad based on how they were raised? Um there’s good and bad in ALL groups, black, white, asians, dalmations, shepards, Christians, muslims, ALL GROUPS have good and bad does that mean we should kill Everyone??? What a moron!

Comment from Rusty Shackleford
Time March 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

If you want to make Mickey’s life miserable, then you should send this story to Howard Stern. I know he’s controversial to some, but he’s an animal lover (his wife is a well-known animal rights activist) and he hates radio DJs like Mickey who try to imitate him by saying outrageous things. If Howard mentions this story, then a lot of his listeners will tie up 98 Rock’s phone lines.

Comment from Stephanie
Time March 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Again, all dogs were bred for something, all dogs have teeth. A pit bull ranks higher then the ATTS behavior ratings then a Dogue de Bordeaux!! If you REALLY look into the issue, you will find current dog attack statistics and more!!

At one time it was common for people to believe that Afriian Americans were somehow inferior. Look how wrong society was then!! This is slightly different, but just because some people say they are bad, doesn’t make it true. Poeple need to stop hiding behind popular FICTION and really look into these amazing dogs.



http://www.atts.org/statistics.html Temprament testing results, closer to 100% the better

Comment from Sophia
Time March 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Hey Mickey, there are some bad trolls who are mean and aggressive (ahem). Maybe we should euthanize all of you as well.

Comment from Jennifer
Time March 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I believe you may be the ignorant one. There is a difference between dog-to-dog/animal aggression and dog-to-human aggression. Beagles were bred to chase down foxes and given the opportunity will tear one to shreds, as well as rabbits and small varmints. Irish wolfhounds were bred to chase down and kill wolves. Dachshunds, yorkies, and rat terriers were bred to chase vermin out of holes and kill them. Are any of those breeds considered human aggressive? No. Pit bulls were considered “nanny dogs” in the early 1900’s and were often included in family pictures. Petey from the Little Rascals was a pit bull. Did anyone worry about him tearing up the kids? Human aggression in pit bulls is created, either purposely or inadvertently through ignorance. Leaving them on chains, not socializing them, not giving them exercise, not NEUTERING them.. will all increase the likelihood of aggression. Properly raised, socialized pit bulls are happy, loving, people friendly dogs. Often, pit bull bites happen because a person tries to break up a dog fight, and they inadvertently get bitten during the frenzy. It is kind of like stepping into a bar fight.. you might accidentally get whacked by your own friend because so much adrenaline is going through them and they are in fight mode.
Anyhow, Mickey is an idiot and is just fueling the ignorance-induced fear and hatred of pit bulls, or any bully breed, and I hope he gets what is coming to him.

Comment from Brian
Time March 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

You guys are idiots. That article above completely misquotes Mickey. All of you have to own big dogs to make up for what pussies you are

Comment from Tom
Time March 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

98 Rock management should obviously take more interest in what this uninformed moron spews on their station. It’s okay when he is at some club because noone listens to him anyway. He should research what he runs his hole about, after all if he looked he would find out that there are other breeds thet bite more frequent, but then they don’t sell news. Fire him,play music

Comment from Daniel
Time March 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

He should be fired for having an opinion you don’t like? Humans have something called opposable thumbs. Instead of trying to FIRE anyone with an opposable opinion instead use your opposable thumb and index finger and change the channel. Unbelievable…. These people are the ones listening to crap morning radio who are just waiting for… an opportunity to be outraged.
Get over it and change the channel.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time March 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

Brian, All the quotes from Mickey were taken verbatim from the radio show, which we linked to as well.

Comment from Arillious
Time March 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

You got to love the people who try to take away other peoples 1st amendment rights…. So Mickey is voicing his opinion about the dogs, good for him. I don’t agree with it but it is his right to say whatever he wants. Mickey is an idiot and doesn’t know what he is talking about 90% of the time but it’s entertainment. Please throw this story at Stern, Mickey would thrive off of it. It would draw more attention to 98 Rock and sponsors would love it. He may sound like an extremist and an idiot but supporters of pit bulls and other “bully” breeds (stupid term for a group of dogs) sound just as extreme and just as dumb as him by making some of these ridiculous comments. You can tell how crazy this site is and most of the people on it by the ad at the top…

Ever wish you could clone your dog? You can.


Comment from jwoestendiek
Time March 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

Wow back, Arillious, that’s exactly the same kind of uninformed, why-bother-to-do-any-research, snap judgment Mickey seems so good at.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time March 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

Now at 1,400 and still growing!

Comment from Charlotte Kontz
Time March 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

Here’s a lil something for the people at 98. I’ve been bit and attacked by more small breed dogs than large breed or “vicious” breeds. It’s not the dog it’s the OWNER! It was us humans that domesticated them thus we, as humans, need to take full responsibility for how our animals turn out. If a Pitt-bull attacks people or animals and you look back to the own or history of owners you will 99% of the time find abuse. So go ahead and down-talk us Pit lovers and the dog because in all actuality you’re only showing exactly how STUPID and Moronic YOU actually are. I have seen more “vicious” breed dogs act like big babies than be “vicious”

Comment from Team Pit-a-Full
Time March 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I would like to meet this personality in a very public, high traffic location and educate him on THE REAL Pit Bull in America today. After Team Pit-a-Full licks his face to death, he will be allowed to kick, abuse, neglect, and beat them at will.
THEIR retaliation is not what he will need to concern himself with then, rather an ULTRA hostile owner and all animal lovers within ear shot of this neadrathal.

Power to the Pit Bulls, and responsible owners who love and keep them.

Team Pit-a-Full
The Denver Dog Killing Machine/ Facebook.com

Comment from Bully MOM
Time March 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

TO: jestox and Brian you are both as ignorant as that MORON MICKEY> Crawl back under your rocks! Better yet try getting an education then maybe when you open your mouths something worth listening to will come out!

Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time March 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

If any of you pitty ‘haters’ care to do a little self-educating, this ONE PAGE should change your minds:
If it doesn’t, you obviously don’t care about the truth.
I know a lot of dogs (various breeds and sizes) and one of the very sweetest is a male pit bull.
The ignorance in evidence here is nothing short of amazing.

Comment from Sandy
Time March 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

How unfortunate Mr. Cucchiella can’t get his facts straight before he goes on the air and rants about something he obviously doesn’t know anything about. If he would bother to become informed about pit bulls he wouldn’t make idiotic statements like he made. Just shows what kind of person he is.

Comment from Della Irvin
Time March 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

Trying to talk some sense into this ignorant idiot is such a waste of time. What an asswipe

Comment from Christine DiStefano
Time March 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I am a 62 yr old Grandmother and a PROUD PITTIE owner! I have owned 13 pitbulls and never had anything but love and kisses put forth from any of them You sir need to become informed before you speak. First of all these dogs jaws do not dislocate~which is just the begiinning of your ignorance!I do not have all day to expound on your idiocy so I will close this just by begging you to stop being so closed minded. The dogs that harmed that sweet girl have been euthinized and were not pits. My prayers go out to her.

Comment from Rebecca
Time March 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Even better to contact their sponsors-

Comment from Anouk
Time March 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

To all those who generalise about pit bulls and to the idiot shock jock, here’s the logic you are applying:
I am Australian. I read that a stupid American DJ made some horrible comments advocating extreme cruelty to animals. I assume that he is speaking on behalf of all Americans so I come to the conclusion that all Americans advocate extreme cruelty to animals.

See the problem?

Comment from baltimoregal
Time March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm


Comment from James Mattson
Time March 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Don’t believe Cucchiella, Mickey. This guy is really uneducated, immoral and seems to be the one who is dumb and vicious. He has no background or facts to back his claims. Mythbusters is not a good source of evidence. Mythbusters is inaccurate. He claims pitbulls have the strongest bite wrong. Mastiffs, greatdanes, rottweilers, and larger dogs have stronger bites. German shepards have bigger mouths and will keep on bitting until the victim is seriously injured a reason policeman use them. No its not cause they are easily trainable these dogs will hurt a criminal and are large unlike a pitbull which is small.

This guy also attacks illegal immigrants, minorities. If you have ever heard him he is a pervert, disgrace, immoral, anti-religious

He is also a gay advocate who keeps on trying to persuade into his nonsense.

Comment from DB
Time March 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

When I lived in Baltimore, Cucchiella’s cohost supported our animal rescue group’s efforts to raise money for many animal rescue causes…however Cucchiella made fun of her on that venture because the event did not raise as much money as he felt it could have…therefore he considered it a waist of her time. I stopped listening to them then! THis doesn’t surprise me. When people ralize that a dog’s behavior is dictated by how it is raised BY PEOPLE, then dogs of all kinds will stand a chance. Until then…many die for no reason.

Comment from Lois
Time March 26, 2011 at 1:57 am

If u really want to send a message, hit the station in their pockets. Contact anyone and everyone that advertises on their station. Only when he costs the station money will anyone listen. He is really nothing more than a middle aged bully at best. He can get away with saying things that he would never say if he crossed one of us on the street. Coward. Anyone who makes a living off degrading others can’t be much of a person himself. Can u just imagine the “wonderful” way in which he is raising his children? Prejudice and hate with a touch of foul mouthed rage. There u go… he’s a real treat. FYI… if you are going to be in the media/news industry, you might want to get your facts straight first, Mickey. You are a disgrace to the profession. I’m actually somewhat relieved he doesn’t like what he “believes” is a pitbull. I wouldn’t wish him on my worst enemy, let alone one of my pitbulls. He is just pathetic.

Comment from Anonymous
Time March 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I’m a silent protester. I used to listed to the 98 Rock morning show EVERY SINGLE MORNING until those few days of Mickey calling for the banning of bully-breed dogs. I stopped listening to their crappy music station altogether and turned on NPR.

Comment from Female from Kansas
Time April 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

Anouk, you made a good point as did many of you who say that ANY of us can be bad. It’s not all the breed’s fault, yes they were trained for bull baiting, but if you do the history then you’d realize that presidents and well known boxers here in America owned this breed! So now what? I own 2 AND have 3 children, they play with each other all the time if they had their ways! So NO LETS NOT PUNISH THE BREED, JUST THE DEED if not the owners like Michael Vick-BTW he should have gotten more than what he got!

Comment from WTF
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Most of the comments here are the type of animal “lovers” who are seen as not wrapped too tight by the rest of us normal, animal lovers.

The American Bulldogs genetic profile was reconstituted after the breed nearly vanished by crossing in several breeds, including APBTs. The APBT and AmBull are also frequently mixed. They are both dangerous, gripping dogs.

Comment from WTF
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Anouk said…

“To all those who generalise about pit bulls and to the idiot shock jock, here’s the logic you are applying:
I am Australian. I read that a stupid American DJ made some horrible comments advocating extreme cruelty to animals. I assume that he is speaking on behalf of all Americans so I come to the conclusion that all Americans advocate extreme cruelty to animals.

See the problem?”

Actually Anouk, the problem is that you believe that counterexamples disprove statistically-valid generalizations, they do not.

The existence of some mean Labs and nice APBTs does not change the fact that Labs kill and maim at much lower frequencies.

Comment from WTF
Time June 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Jennifer said…

“Often, pit bull bites happen because a person tries to break up a dog fight”

It’s funny that Jennifer first trumps the difference between dog- and human-directed aggression, and then gives away why the two are highly connected. Yes, we agree that the definitions of “human” and “dog” are indeed different, so your point is trivially true by definition.

We live in a country with many people who own dogs and will not allow them to be killed by a pit bull. Pit bulls are commonly dog-aggressive, and so they intersect with dog owners in violence. This is enough reason for pit bull owners to be classed as irrational.

They’re just dog owners loving dogs of a breed created by sociopaths to kill other dogs.


Comment from Paul
Time June 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

He’s 100% right, pit bulls should be banned nationwide. There’s no reason to have one unless you want someone killed or seriously injured. He’s also correct in that the people that own them are idiots and morons.