No, not all pet owners are assholes or ignorant, just most of them!
Please DO NOT
bring your dog or other animals to the fireworks festivities today on July 4th.
There are huge crowds, lots of loud noise, and a fear-bite waiting to happen. I watched in horror 2 years as a guy yelled at his wiemeraner (probably butchered the spelling) for going nuts and shaking in fear over the booming fireworks.
You may be an absolutely responsible dog owner, and you may not be. Your dog may be an absolute sweetypie when it's around you, friends, and your family. Many thousands of people and fireworks can bring out a side of your dog you may never have seen. It only takes one curious child petting your dog at the wrong moment for it to make a mistake with it's teeth.
Even better, if you leave your dog at home, make sure it's inside for the night while you are gone. Take it out for it's walk earlier in the day than usual. Whizzing bottlerockets and neighborhood fireworks often don't shoot off in the direction intended...why expose your animal to anxiety from the noise and the risk of a burn? In addition, make sure your pet is either tagged or microchipped so that if it does escape, it has a better chance of being reunited with you.
IF you decide to bring your dog with you and it bites someone - your dog will likely pay for your mistake with it's life.
In most places, a dog owner is liable for dog bites simple by virtue of owning the dog. The owner cannot avoid liability by attempting to show that he or she obeyed all laws, acted reasonably, and did not know the dog was capable of biting. The owner's state of mind and freedom from negligence are irrelevant because liability is based on mere ownership of the dog.
There are very few exceptions to this.
For more info: http://www.dogbitelaw.com/
And a pat on the head to littlebluedog
for being such a good doggie and providing this link last year: Oregon Dog Bite Law