EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A local couple and their landlord are being sued for almost $500,000 for an alleged 2011 attack by the couple's old dog on a passing pedestrian.

But one of the dog's owners says it never attacked the woman. The owner says the woman lost her footing when the friendly, then-19-year-old dog approached her.

Harley the dog is now 21, blind and deaf.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the matter will be decided in Lane County Circuit Court, where the lawsuit was filed last week by an attorney for Holly Higgins, who claims that a dog owned by Larry and Jenny Burnett ran up and jumped on her from behind as she passed the Burnett's home.

Higgins says she was knocked hard to the pavement, breaking a wrist, injuring her neck and shoulder and causing severe pain and distress.

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