Municipal leaders had been expected to pass the amendment, which would have strengthened existing regulations on dangerous animals, including pit bulls. Many council members voiced support for the proposal as late as Monday.
But no one made a motion to vote on it during the meeting. A motion and a second is needed before the council can pass or reject an item.
"There's no rhyme or reason to it," said a stunned council President Fred Pitts afterward.
As president, Pitts can not motion for a vote. Ward 5 Councilman Jonny Davis said he would have made the motion but knew he wouldn't get a second.
"It changes every day," Davis said. "Come back tomorrow. It'll be different."
Read more in Wednesday's Daily Journal.