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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The Police did not want to shoot the bull but their job is public safety and they did their job very well on this case.

Gayle J

I hate rodeos since they are nothing more than animal abuse. Uno was probably in pain and just sick and tired of being hurt at the rodeos. I'm so very glad he is now living the good life at Black Beauty, and he is himself, a beauty.


Iam trying to find out how to be a foster home for the larger animals cows horses lamas I am beginning to think its top secret. Please get with me the local says they don't rescue the larger animals thanks

Rosa Caldwell

Such a nice happy ending. Just goes to show you when one has determination and everyone pulls together, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. Thanks to all involved for this amazing rescue. I am so excited that he has a nice forever home now and can enjoy his life.


Real men right there

Jen Connors

The Black Beauty Ranch is such a wonderful place. Best wishes to Uno!

Carol Todd

It makes my day to read about compassionate people willing to go the extra mile. All involved in the rescue of this bull set an example for others to follow, and I thank you.


Glad to hear he is living a good life in another State and not on someones table as a meal like the police wanted to do ....


So happy for this bull. No wonder he was aggressive with the life he was forced to live. As far as the botched castration, some people don't know one end of a bull from the other if it shit on their boots. Happy life Uno.

Camilla Hoffman

Beautiful story- well done !! What an amazing animal...