I am constantly amazed at how arrogant some dog owners can be. If you know your dog doesn't like people then what the heck is it doing off leash anywhere other than a fenced in yard or inside???!!!? Their dog is somehow more important than people? I'm glad it wasn't worse than it is.
Agreed. I think there's often a lot of denial, too. I should have punched the guy in the nose. I think it's essentially the same thing, legally, so the door was open. Hah!
There's a ridiculous amount of this in parks that I visit. To the point where I see more dogs off leash than on. And yes, I was just about bitten on the hand by a dog once while passing people on a trail (as the owner is telling me it's friendly). Even if they aren't going to bite, it can be dangerous. I've had lab-sized dogs run full speed and jump up on my chest while orienteering, which could have easily knocked down a child or weaker person.
This is why dog parks exist. If you want your dog to run around off leash, go there.
Thanks, folks. It's all good.