Local Veterinarian among three arrested for Animal Abuse

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 15, 2019 / comments

[Cris Alarcon]

On November 14, 2019 three people from the Shingle Springs area were arrested after long investigation for charges of Animal Abuse.  Two of the people are a couple renting in Shingle Springs that have been investigated twice by El Dorado Animal Services. The third is a Veterinarian listed one place as the “President, Shingle Springs Veterinary Clinic.”

Arrested for Animal Abuse were ALMA WINSTON, CHAREL WINSTON, and DEAN BADER.

Both Winstons were investigated after numerous complaints in both 2014 and 2019.  In May of this year Animal Service seized about 300 live animals and a number more remains that were stored in Freezers on the property in Shingle Springs.

In 2014 ABC10 reported:

"When they came in 2014 they couldn't find anything wrong with any of the animals," she said, adding that her wife is now the main caretaker of the sick dogs and that they have been working with veterinarians. None of the dogs were confiscated…”

On November 14, 2019, the same day the Winstons were arrested for Animal Abuse, a third person arrested was Shingle Springs veterinarian Dean Bader for the same charge of Animal Abuse.  Details of the cause of the Animal Abuse charges are yet to be released.

The Winstons 


During our interview with the couple's neighbor, ABC10 were told that the barking of hundreds of dogs could be heard throughout the neighborhood. Winston does not deny that she had many dogs living in the main house - or that some of them were sick. In response to neighbor's allegations that some of the dogs were ill.  She said that her wife is now the main caretaker of the sick dogs and that they have been working with veterinarians.


El Dorado County Animal Services sent officers to a home on Lonesome Dove Drive on May 2 and found, based on the conditions of the animals, that this was a case of "animal neglect and a non-licensed animal kennel," the department said in a statement to ABC10. Based on what they saw at the home, Animal Services got a search warrant and removed approximately 300 animals, including dogs, birds, horses, alpacas, and other livestock, from the property. All of the animals were taken to Animal Services shelters.

The Mtn Democrat newspaper reported:Alma Winston and Charel Winston have been charged with various felonies.... According to Joe Alexander, Chief Assistant District Attorney for El Dorado County, fresh charges may be filed…https://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/da-files-charges-against-suspected-animal-hoarders/ 


Arrested on the same day was Dean Bader, DVM. Dean Ralph Bader , 76
597(B)    F    CRUELTY TO ANIMALS    Bail: $32,000.00
In custody: EDSO Jail.

The California “VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD” has Dean R Bader as VETERINARIAN LICENSE #5711. Workplace of: SHINGLE SPRINGS VETERINARY CORP, 4211 SUNSET LN, STE 101, SHINGLE SPRINGS CA 95682-9577. Lic. issued on Dec 24, 1974.

The following is a Youtube video of DeanBader and following that is an interview with people living near the Winston’s property.