The trial of a Holladay couple accused of abusing 18 cats by housing them in a station wagon in a parking lot has been postponed to May 2 while prosecutors and the defendants try to resolve the case.

Augustus and Carolyn Johns, charged with one count each of cruelty to animals, were scheduled for trial Friday, but 3rd Circuit Judge Sheila McCleve moved the date back.Meanwhile, the couple's attorney, Robert Macri, is seeking to have the charges dismissed, as he did with similar counts filed in Murray.

The Johnses' home was condemned and demolished last week after neighbors complained of a terrible stench. The smell apparently stemmed from some three dozen diseased cats living in the home.

County health officials condemned the home after finding wall-to-wall garbage, rotting food, cat feces and rodents in the home.

The Murray charges stemmed from the household cats, all of which suffered from fatal diseases and had to be destroyed. The 18 cats living in the car also were found to be sick and were euthanized.

Mrs. Johns is known to some as The Cat Lady because of her willingness to accept animals from people.

Macri said the couple got in trouble and lost control of their situation when Johns became seriously ill last year.