Ryan, I didn’t see the details but sorry to hear about your incident. We have the same issues in NJ. I really think the problem is magnified in the Spring. Due to cabin fever, I think there are more people that want to get outside with their dog that don’t know or care to adhere to the rules.
I never run into dog problems in the Winter. Generally, the dog owners you see are out there on a regular basis and know the rules. Of course, there are always exceptions.
The problem is what to do? Pepper spray is not unreasable in extreem situations. I personally don’t carry it. One of my running buddies like to bark back and it works. I’m not kidding, give it a try. A nicer method is to politely tell the dog owner the rules. If that doesn’t work, Kick the dog! 😆