A Utah judge has ordered a public auction, to sell forty horses -- seized from a woman and her son -- in a Spanish Fork animal cruelty case.

The judge granted the motion -- from the Utah County Attorneys office -- to order the sale of nearly half of the 100 horses owned by Trudy and Rory Childs.

They are scheduled to appear in court next month, for a preliminary hearing on 20 counts each, of animal cruelty.