Wausau city council members decided to postpone a vote on a new pet permit process Tuesday night.
Last month, the city's Public Health and Safety Committee recommended changing the city's current law to allow homeowners to house up to five dogs and cats. Currently, city ordinance only allows for up to two dogs and three cats, not a combination of the two.
The debate over the ordinance began in February when a public safety officer found Melissa Lecker and her family were not in compliance with the current ordinance. They have four dogs and three cats.
The Leckers say no matter what decision is made, they plan to sell their house and move out of Wausau.
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple says allowing for a permit that will help more people become compliant with the law is the most reasonable solution.
Public Health and Safety committee chair Lisa Rasmussen says the proposed amendment wouldn't change much, it would just allow people to house more than two dogs, as long as they are within the five animal limit.
Council members say they will take up the issue again in July.