There was a rumor that all the famous street dogs of Athens were taken away and killed and I even got e-mails from people who were boycotting the Olympics because of this. But there were still dogs around and after the Olympics ended more of them started reappearing like they were returning from a holiday in the country. Only they had been spayed or nuetered courtesy of the municipality. The image many people have of these dogs is inaccurate. For the most part they are gentle, well-fed and sociable and have been adopted by the neighborhoods that they themselves have adopted.