Apology Apology sought
"I mean, who does this? What does this say about how these girls are going to treat others -- their own children -- in the future?" , BY JENNIFER TODD, Staff Writer
Pretzel Hut owner
Along with the soft-serve ice cream, Angie Rabold's animals are a favorite of customers at The Pretzel Hut just north of Brickerville on Route 501.
An array of pigs, ducks, rabbits and chickens that wander in and out of their pen behind the business are Rabold's pets -- some taken in when their owners no longer wanted them.
"Our customers really enjoy them," she said Sunday. "They're all tame; they wouldn't hurt anyone."
The same apparently can't be said for a group of teenagers who visited the business, and the animals, Saturday.
Rabold said the group of four or five girls was observed throwing stones at the animals, killing one chicken.
Rabold responded with a Facebook posting offering a $100 reward for help in identifying the teens.
"We're all absolutely disturbed," she said. "I mean, who does this? What does this say about how these girls are going to treat others -- their own children -- in the future?"
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m.
Rabold was busy cooking when she was told that a customer saw the teens throwing stones at the animals.
She and her husband, Thomas, went up to the pen -- about 20 yards from the business -- a little while later and found a small hen dead.
Rabold said the hen's head was purple, which to her indicated some type of trauma.
The business has cameras, but they weren't working at the time of the incident, unbeknownst to Rabold.
"I think the electric might've gone off at some point, which tripped up the computer."
Rabold said she had trouble in the past with boys who would chase and throw sticks at the animals, but none was ever killed.
"By predators, yes," she said. "Not by humans."
Rabold said the animals, which number about 35, remain in the enclosure year-round. All have "their own little house they can go in at night," she said.
The Rabolds have owned the quaint establishment for nine years.
To many in the northern edge of the county, The Pretzel Hut -- which dates back to the 1950s -- is the area's best-kept secret.
"A lot of our customers are older, but we also see a lot of people who are new to the area, young families," Rabold said.
She said Sunday that she hadn't contacted police about the incident.
"I guess I should. ... I thought just posting it (on Facebook) would maybe make these girls feel bad -- that maybe they'd contact me and apologize," she said.
"I'd be OK with that. I'd appreciate that."
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