I think it depends on the way it's presented. Some people sneer it out in a condescending tone as if they've never owned a "pet" in their lives. I use the term "general public". In my mind, there are people that train their dogs, whether as "pet people" or sport, and there is the general public who are oblivious to their surrounding and the fact that their dog is not only off leash but in fact aggressive.
It's MICHELLE, scarfish! My name is MICHELLE! Jax is my DOG!
~The strength of one's opinion should not exceed their knowledge on the matter~