Town woman cares for bulls in her backyard

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Debra "Hillary" Singer cares for Virgil and Hector on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A Cleveland Drive woman had to explain to Cheektowaga Police and Animal Control officers why she was housing bulls in her backyard Friday morning.

Debra “Hillary” Singer tells Cheektowaga Chronicle it was because she was nursing the two baby bulls back to health after they were rescued from the slaughter house a few months ago.

“They’re getting big now, but they were little babies.  They were near death and I had to bottle feed them and keep an eye on them.  I didn’t know what else to do, so I brought them here,” said Singer.

Situated in the back corner of her backyard, Singer created a pen to hold Virgil and Hector – two bulls no more than 6 months old.  

Two bulls live in this pen found in the backyard of a Cleveland Drive home on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Two bulls live in this pen found in the backyard of a Cleveland Drive home on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The bulls were huddled together in their makeshift stable as Singer showed Cheektowaga Chronicle their living conditions.  The bulls had straw to bed down in, fresh water to drink and protection from the elements by way of a tarp.

Singer and her friends run a farm in Appleton, near Newfane in Niagara County.  They care for spayed and neutered feral cats there and hope to build a bigger setup to give other animals their forever home.

“I was going there today to try and put a fence up for them, so they have a big area for them to walk in,” added Singer.

A large building was also built at the farm to house the bulls while the two lived in Cheektowaga.

“They’re being moved this week. I just had problems getting them moved out there.  It was already planned before they came today that they were being moved out there,” said Singer.

(L) Virgil and (R) Hector take cover from early morning rain on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
(L) Virgil and (R) Hector take cover from early morning rain on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

It was warm yesterday and Virgil and Hector were mooing – a lot.  Singer thinks that’s when one of her neighbors alerted town officials to the situation.

Town Code says, “All premises shall be maintained free of livestock, farm animals and captive wild animals unless specifically approved for such use.”

Animal Control officers understand Singer’s situation and will visit the property next week to make sure she is following the Town Code.

 

“They’re being very kind and very polite about it. They just want to make sure that I move them and that I clean up their area properly,” said Singer.

 

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