Soldier Loses Dog Cared For By Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers

Scott Martin first made headlines in Colorado Springs when he held a news conference offering to take care of deployed soldiers' dogs.
He opened Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers, and Army soldier Chris Dillon of Tacoma, Washington says he trusted his dog, Ava would be in good hands.

But when Chris came back from Iraq he says he got conflicting information from Scott.

Chris says, "He's telling me he can't tell me where she is...that the people who fostered her don't want their names released or that they're out traveling the country...or he can't get ahold of them. The story changes everytime I get an answer from him."

Chris contacted me after finding an 11 Call for Action story online.
This one was about a Colorado Springs family who claimed Scott Martin almost lost their dog.

In that story, Elizabeth Klug said, "If you love your animals, don't go anywhere near them."

You may recall our encounter with Scott when we asked about the company's refund policy.

Scott says, "Do you dictate how I run my business?"

I say, "Well, I'm just saying it would be easier for the customer."

Scott says, "Get the f--- out of my face. Get out of my business."

He later says, "The next time you come walking around here, watch out for the pitbull."

I asked, "Oh, so you're threatening me now?"

The remarks worried Chris Dillon.

He asked me to air a story here in Colorado Springs, showing pictures of Ava and asking anyone who'd seen her to call.

Someone did call me. But it wasn't the news Chris was hoping to hear.

A Springs family says they bought Ava for $350 from Scott, but they told me a vet euthanized her after Ava attacked other dogs and failed a behavioral assessment test. They felt terrible when they learned Ava belonged to a man who was serving our country.

Chris says, "I would love to have her back in my arms right now."

Chris is now heartbroken, knowing he'll never see Ava again.
As for Scott: he shut down Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers, off of Mount View last October.

Many told me they felt betrayed after giving Scott hundreds of dollars in donations, believing web postings that he was running a non-profit to save dogs. Records show Rocky Mountain never was awarded non-profit status.

One told me, "I felt like I had been taken advantage of and not been truthful with."

Now, several volunteers are working to make sure all the dogs entrusted to Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers when it closed are in good homes.

As for Scott Martin: his picture is on a new Facebook page saying he's president and owner of Rocky Mountain Design Talent, a home remodeling company.

I contacted the Colorado Secretary of State's office, but I'm told it has no record of such a business. I've called Scott Martin several times to see if he set up the page and if he's really started a new business, but he hasn't called me back.

He's also been charged with one felony count of identity theft. I'm told he used his ex-wife's name and information to try and get a loan.
He'll go to trial for that in April.

I've also heard from the former vice president of Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers, April Hand. She tells me her dog, a German Shepherd named Koda is missing, too.

April says she's now working with rescue groups to try and track down Koda and the other dogs which were housed at Rocky Mountain. April also says Scott has been threatening her.

I got a copy of a temporary restraining order which was issued earlier this month. It was later vacated, but April says she's now trying to get it re-instated to keep Scott away from her and her family.

We'll keep you posted.

A sidenote, another company called Rocky Mountain Dog Training in Broomfield, Colorado is not affiliated to Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers.
The owner says she wants everyone to know Rocky Mountain Dog Training is not associated with Scott Martin nor Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers.

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  • by oh boy Location: co on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    well i just heard scott rmdt plead guilty to his exwifes identy theft guess he got scared 4 days before trial always thinks he can get away with stuff now if the domestic charges stick he is in big trouble just off of paper 2 years ago and the yoyo only knows the scum life sadly if he is still married to laurie then what comes around goes around why would you want to be around that or have your kid around a theif con and domestic violence
  • by who knows Location: colorado on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    Well everything is hush hush now,scott has moved on and i hope not a scam business I guess they will be getting away with the theft the scams because everyone affected wont go to DA or attorney general Its sad because lots of folks do not trust fb rescue anymore and im sure alots are scams too april has moved to hide and being back with her hubby which she was never away he just was over seas a cheating liar wife.What does laurie scott see in this pitaful human being gives him a car bails him out but yet seeking treatment from abuse some women just go back for more trial is coming up and just hope he is put down in a cell with some bubas that are tough and he wont lie to them or they will get him sorry the state didnt do a thing for the dogs its soon to be an end to mr doggie talent rmdt martin hurray
  • by laura on Mar 9, 2011 at 01:28 AM
    What a group of cons April is as guilty why did she stay when things were good making money but when it stopped hell broke out Why are her children still with this meth head lies lies lies Anyone that would still believe them need a examination shame on the folks that never came forth that know infor if your in a rescue you shouldnt be i am calling for a law to be made everyone prove they are 501 to be posting and asking for money too many scams and frauds
  • by peep Location: colorado on Feb 27, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    April will also go down she knew he was a scam she ran office and i guess she doesnt know how to keep books.Shes just as guilty as him.Trying to make all kinds of excuses.The dept of agriculture gave scott and her the order to shut down so it was also co owned by her.We animal lovers are just waiting for some news this is the most horrible thing on fb i believe FB needs to be monitered closely for scams of this kind.
  • by concerned on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    wow..I met this group of people last summer. I knew there was something really wrong with eveyone involved. Thank GOD I didn't drop my dog off for training. My Dog didn't like Scott at all, always trust your dog!!!!
  • by oh my Location: usa on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    the saga doesnt stop with non human now he says he is running kennels in ca and ny how can that be omg will this ever stop saying he would of talked to channel 5 but people werent nice to him is he real or a non human his brain is so disturbed that all the alcohol and cough syrup must have fried his brain
  • by mullet man on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM
    Yeh....his mullet is ours very shortly. Rest well Scottie dog....sleep is going to become difficult soon. Happy Valentines day, lover boy. Remember my face....
  • by peeps Location: usa on Feb 14, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    I think the doggie Scottie has finally got it through his brain that we are not puting up with him He is off fb and with his wife Laurie He will never be able to have a place come spring he goes back to trail for his id theft so hopefully he will go to pen.Now apria says she has no responsibilty they were using shock collars spraying dogs with water living in filth per dept of ag but she was there so she should of reported They had at least 5 dogs die there and now folks around there are telling somw horror
  • by sandy on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:37 AM
    I just saw a posting on fb that he has a ad on craiglist under personal looking for a lady bragging about how great and hes so honest bla bl bla you can read it go to cosprings craiglist.orgm4mw He was arrested for domestic but got bailed out this week.The saga goes on and on.He needs to be put away and have some mental evaluations.
  • by D.C. Location: Col.Springs on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    To Whoknows, everyone knows you are scott martin you lying,deceitful,con artist,meth-addict. You are going down one way or another for Ava's death along with the vet. Either way you're going to prison so justice will be done for all the wrong you've done to everyone. Just one piece of advice.."Dont Drop The Soap"...
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