From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2003:
ATHENS–Fears among Greek animal advocates that street dogs
and feral cats might be poisoned en masse before the 2004 Olympic
Games eased on June 26 when Athens 2004 Organizing Committee
president Gianna Angelopoulou Daskalaki endorsed a plan to sterilize,
vaccinate, tattoo, and return to their neighborhoods as many as
20,000 animals, beginning in September 2003.
Greek deputy agrculture minister Fotis Hatzimichalis
announced that the project would begin with a budget of one million
euros. Local municipalities are to provide animal capture vehicles
and surgical workspace. The actual capturing is to be done by
volunteers or staff of nonprofit animal welfare societies.