Acres has yet to receive a cent from $26.5m suit

Acres has yet to receive a cent from $26.5m suit
Acres director Louis Ng at the polluted site in Choa Chu Kang. It was meant to house a shelter for 500 animals.

An animal welfare group has not received a cent of the $26.5million in damages it was awarded in June over a case resulting from soil pollution at its shelter for rescued wildlife.

Thus, plans for the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society's (Acres) shelter at Choa Chu Kang are in limbo.

The group has not been able to claim any money yet as Mr Tan Boon Kwee, the contractor who damaged the land, is bankrupt.

Acres executive director Louis Ng said it is making do by building a smaller shelter and enclosures on undamaged land at its Choa Chu Kang premises.

But these projects have met with problems too.

An appeal to construction firms to build a smaller shelter for free was of no avail.

Volunteers pitched in, however, and built a smaller shelter able to house up to 100 animals.

Opened earlier this month, it is now home to 46 animals, including Indian star tortoises, Giant Asian pond turtles and a green iguana.

The original $650,000 shelter was supposed to house about 500 animals.

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