Published: Dec 17, 2013 5:40 PM EST
Updated: Dec 17, 2013 6:21 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County commissioners are postponing any positive action on a stronger animal ordinance. They voted 3 to 2 Tuesday, to reject the current wording. Three were concerned about the mandatory spay/neuter wording.

Animal advocates left upset. 

"I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am," said Madeleine Doran. "This is not complex. People have to spay and neuter their pets."

But some people objected to the sterilization. Cattle ranchers pointed out that they need to breed their dogs that herd cattle. Others questioned whether the county government has the authority to tell someone whether or not they could breed their pets.

After an hour of public comment and discussion among themselves, commissioners voted to send the ordinance back for more work in the wording. They promise to take a look at a revised document in early February.