The Humane Society of Utah will exercise a court order allowing the organization to auction or sell some 91 rabbits found during an investigation into alleged animal cruelty earlier this month.

Gene Baierschmidt, Humane Society executive director, said his group has had no contact with the two men named in a complaint signed by 3rd Precinct Justice of the Peace Dan K. Armstrong. A court spokesman said the men have not responded to notification sent by the court.The court order allows the society to recoup its expenses in caring for the animals, which were found July 11. About 34 rabbits were found dead.

The complaint charges Robert Marquardt and Bruce Henroid, no addresses available, of Class B misdemeanor cruelty to animals for "intentionally or knowingly failing to provide necessary food, care or shelter for animals in their custody, or transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner."

Baierschmidt said the court order gives the society the option of either adopting the animals out or putting them to sleep.

"We would obviously like to see if we can place them all with a new owner," Baierschmidt said. Those interested in acquiring one of the New Zealand or Rex breed rabbits can contact the society at 968-3548.

Baierschmidt said the society will continue to monitor the court complaint in an effort to see that the matter is eventually resolved.