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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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Marcy Singer

It's not surprising that the bull was aggressive. He was a rodeo bull - how awful. I guess they want them aggressive enough to be entertaining, but not so much that a stupid rodeo rider might actually be in danger. Thanks for rescuing this beautiful animal.

Pam B

I think you are spot on!!!


I think it's clear that if this bull were a cow it would have never had a chance to be in the entertainment industry and never would have had a chance to be rescued. So, somewhat ironically, being a bull and being "abused by rodeo riders" added years onto his life, as well as a more full existence than a cow in a feed pen, which was only kept alive long enough to get big and plump. What does it mean to have a good life as an animal? What is fortuitous and what is abuse? If anyone has been to a rodeo and stock show, they know that there are some of the most beautiful, well cared for and pampered animals on the planet there. Yes, a few of them get their testicles squeezed for about 10 seconds a few times a week or something. But other than that it's a great life. Rodeo riding comes from the need to tame horses and bulls like this guy in order to not have them euthanized. I think we have to consider all these things in a complex world where everyone has different interests and opinions.


unfortunately when man with all his self interest and selfishness stands to benefit from the exploitation of an animal whether it be a cow, bull, race horse etc. compassion flies out of the window. Animals should live on our planet alongside us, not for us and that includes cows and bulls.


Thankyou for saving the bull. if you go on humane society .com and watch a video of bulls, its horrible. in the bull games with the red blankets they move. then they stab the bull till it falls and dies.


Amazing story thanks for all that you do for animals in distress!

Elizabeth Rickman

Well done on the rescue of this amazing animal, so handsome.

Vane Mar

Awesome Story!!! Thanks for the Angels of the ASPCA for helping all the animals in need.


This is great! Glad he has a forever home now. Rodeos as we know are very abusive to these animals, how they strap the bulls to make them buck. But what caught my eye was the BOTCHED castration.... Really? Botched? I swear, some ppl don't care how an animal is treated, then wonder why the poor creature might have an attitude. It's nice he finally received a PROPER castration. Something about the love of money, no matter what it is, leads to abuse and inhumane treatment.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. :o)))


rodeo should be banned