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Man charged with releasing stingrays into a Singapore reservoir

Stingrays had venomous stings and are native to South America

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 5:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 5:23pm

By Siau Ming En

In what is believed to be the first case of stingray abandonment here, a 48-year-old man was charged in a Singapore court with abandoning three of the creatures at the Seletar Reservoir in June.

Larry Tan Chin Guan, 48, allegedly released three Motoro stingrays on the afternoon of June 2 without reasonable cause or excuse, according to court documents.

The stingrays are freshwater species with venomous stings and are native to South America.

Tan, who was unrepresented, told the court he intends to plead guilty and will return to court for further mention of his case on September 26.

Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority prosecutor told the court on Wednesday that Tan would also be charged for a related offence, but this would be handled by prosecutors from the national water agency PUB. He is expected to be charged for the other offence on September 26.

First-time offenders convicted of abandoning an animal without reasonable cause or excuse can be fined up to S$10,000 (US$7,436) and jailed up to 12 months.

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