JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Johnson City is one step closer Wednesday to passing stricter spay and neuter regulations.

Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin told News 5 Johnson City Commissioners changed the proposed law Wednesday so that it will only affect dogs and cats who violate the city's restraint code.

It applies to pets running loose, those not leashed when in public, and pets deemed "vicious" by animal control.

The ordinance now states that pet owners who violate the city's restraint code can either spay or neuter their animals, or pay $25 for an unaltered permit.

Pet owners who violate the code twice will be required to spay and neuter their animals.

Commissioners voted yes to the second reading with a 3-2 vote. There will be a third reading and public input session on December 5.