A good chunk of the TransAm lore would be lost if the Kentucky dogs were eliminated. Dogs can certainly be a problem, but it's another one of the exciting challenges of the TransAm. It's not an insurmountable problem. To me, Kentucky was an unfamiliar and mostly welcoming world, and I would not want to miss it.
I agree. Besides they really weren't that bad. Also I have been chased by dogs lots of other places as well including Oregon, California, Kansas, and quite a few other places not in the SE.
The worst most scary dog encounters for me were in the Central Valley of California. That is the one and only place in all of my touring where I was actually scared that I might be seriously injured or worse by three dogs that caught up with me on an uphill. That same day a few other apparently vicious dogs chased us.