These pictures of Ava are among the few reminders this Army soldier has of his 1 1/2 year old American Bulldog.
Chris Dillon was serving with the 4th Brigade, 2nd I.D. in Baghdad, Iraq until an injury brought him stateside.
He entrusted her to a group with a foster program for deployed soldiers, thinking she was in good hands.
But now, he says getting answers from Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers' owner, Scott Martin has been a nightmare. He's hoping this appeal on Facebook will help.
We talked to Chris from Tacoma, Washington where he's now living via Skype.
Chris says, "Right as of now, he's telling me he can't tell me where she is...that the people that 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 every time I get an answer from him."
Chris contacted me after hearing about our Call for Action Investigation into Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers and seeing how Martin reacted when I asked him about his refund policy.
For the last month I've been calling and leaving messages for Martin, but he hasn't returned my calls.
Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers is now closed, shut down by the Colorado Department of Agriculture for failing to qualify for a license.
What worries Chris are these old photos posted to the Rocky Mountain Dog Trainers website. Even though they're labeled "Bella", he believes these are pictures of his dog, Ava.
Chris says, "I would love to have her back in my arms right now, but my top priority right now is to know that she's safe."
According to the El Paso County District Attorney's office, Martin is currently facing a felony charge of identity theft and is supposed to be in court in January.
We'll keep you posted.
Chris tell us Ava has an implanted computer chip, but so far there's been no trace of her.
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