Soldier Loses Dog Cared For By Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers

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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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