There's always that first bite. Time and time again when a pit chewed up a person or another dog the owner says it never bit anyone before.<quoted text>Out in public. This was his private business. I don't think that law applies.
So what exactly was the course of events? You froze and then what? He didn't immediately drop what he was doing and run to grab his dog who's never bitten anyone? Your fear might be real, but so is his understanding that his dog has never bitten anyone. In his mind, you were never in any danger and therefore, not an irgent issue requiring him to drop what he was doing and tend to you immediately. His comment about hearing you the first time makes me think he just was not moving fast enough for your liking. I'm with edog. Your fear of dogs does not automatically create an emergency for everyone else.
And I find it pretty self centered that you hope for someone to get bitten just to justify your own fear. How bout hoping for continued exposure to dogs without getting bitten erodes your fears?
And before anyone starts on the "it's the owner bit" here's a quote from the woman who heads the pit rescue in LA (the largest one in the states). "This is a breed that one has to always stay one step ahead of at all times". I saw her on TV and this is just what she said.
Her actions due to her fear of dogs was appropriate, especially that one. Not only that, the owner has a significant liability due to that dog being loose in a business. He's very foolish.