Urgent Bull Rescue Comes Down to the Wire

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
Urgent Bull Rescue Comes Down to the Wire

In April 2013, the ASPCA Field Investigation Response (FIR) team responded to a call in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Not knowing what to expect, they arrived at the scene to find an aggressive rodeo bull, a determined police chief, and an extreme challenge. After years of living in substandard conditions, the bull had developed behavioral issues, and Police Chief David Smetana concluded that the animal should be shot.

After a heated discussion with Smetana, FIR Director Kyle Held was granted access to the bull. Under surveillance of several armed police officers, Kyle evaluated the animal and concluded that he should be placed in a new home—not killed. “We arrived at the scene at 8am,” says Kyle. “At 11am, we were given three hours to find the bull a new home.”

With the clock ticking, Kyle pulled out all the stops. “I called everyone and their brother on this one,” he says. “At 1:45, we finally found a couple of farmers that run a cattle breeding operation and were not at all scared to take the bull for temporary placement.”

With the location secured, the team now had to tranquilize the bull for transportation. Kyle called on two local veterinarians, both of whom had initially supported the Police Chief’s plan to kill the bull, for help. He says, “We not only convinced them to change their opinions, but to assist in our rescue.” It took the two vets three tranquilizer darts to get the bull calm enough for handling.

Next, under more armed police protection, the FIR team transported the bull to a waiting trailer using equipment supplied by the local highway department. Once in the trailer, the bull was medically evaluated and it was discovered that a botched castration had left him with one testicle. “That’s how we came to call him Uno the bull,” Kyle remembers. Uno was then monitored until he was awake enough to stand. The 3 hour trip to the placement farm went off without a hitch.

Uno stayed at the temporary property in Wisconsin for a few weeks until the FIR team could make arrangements for a permanent residence. He was eventually transferred to the Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, where he received a proper home—and a proper castration. Uno is now stress-free and loving life. 

Uno the Bull at Black Beauty Rescue

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How ridiculous- these rodeo morons abuse the bulls to make them agressive now they want to kill one when he's too agressive?!?!?
Unbelievable. So glad he was rescued and can live the rest of his life cruelty free.
I can't believe in this day and age bull riding still goes on, disgusting.


Rodeos should be outlawed. They hurt animals for entertainment. Shameful.

Carol Anderberg

I hope the time is sooner then later when all rodeo's will be void of the calf roping, bucking horses, and bull riding, and other animal encounters that are not without broken bones, and strangulation. This is not a sport it is abuse, cruelty, and inhumane. Anyone needing to see film of this treatment should contact any of the animal right's groups. Thank god this bull was given a better life.


With all the ignorance in the world, it does my heart good to know there are good people out there- Thanks for all the little things everyone does everyday to make the world a better place for all animals.

Sue Knaack

Thank you so much and many, many thanks to the wonderful Clevelan Amory for his love of animals. He surely is in a special place in heaven!

Cheryl Plautz

I'm so happy to hear that ASPCA was there for this bull and that now he will have the life that he should have.

Manel Dias

How ignorance is this police chief had to be? This is a Bull who have being raised to be a fighter. That is what they do in Rodeos, people make these animals become aggressive. Then this so called Smetana is planning to shoot the bull because he is aggressive.? If his family memebers become aggressive one day will he ordered them also to be shot? Those so called authorities can wear their fitted ghostly suits to threaten people from outside. But inside, some of them and their brains are dead. That is why says the COMMON SENCE IS NOT COMMON. Anyways Thanks to those who had a Heart and compassion towards this defenceless animal & saved him from his untimely & senceless death.


So glad the ASPCA stepped in! Killing is NOT always the answer.

Gilles Dubois

A horse in rodeo is completely finished after 3 or 4 years. All organes Inside is body have moved, changing places. They have to be destroyed. People squizz the body with a belt to make bulls and horses suffer so much that they jump to put down the rider. What a smart way to have fun. People something make me sick. Excusez mes fautes !


WOW! What a wonderful and inspiring story. It shows that if you stand up for what you believe in and take the necessary actions(it may take a lot of work and effort) it should pay off in the end. Just like in Uno's story. Yea, for Uno, and thank you to the vets. Black Beauty Ranch, The ASPCA FIR Team, and everyone involved in saving this poor innocent animal. BEST WISHES UNO for a wonderful life.