Odds are the dog was sitting in a foster home for months being cared for by someone well intentioned but a novice about the finer points of grooming and care.
The main thing to remember is that this isn't over. Next Trial date is at the end of August and while it is very important that V&M got Ms Piper back to their custody for the trial this isn't over til the appeals, and the checks are written which could take well over another year or more.
Often times those who win are simply those who can out spend the other party.
What gets me as well, is people on the "rescues" side is talking about how well she was taken care of with the rescue compared to her actual owner, but then Piper looks a mess coming back, and if you ask me, so do the ones on the rescues website....all could use a brushing and weight off....