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Sand Trucks, Vapor Dogs Guard Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The NYPD has a sweeping plan to make sure the worst thing that happens on the holiday is an overcooked turkey

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    In this Nov. 26, 2015, photo, an armed police officer stands guard at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

    What to Know

    • Security will be tight at this year's Thanksgiving Parade, with more than 3,000 cops assigned to the parade detail

    • For the first time, every cross street along the parade route will be blocked off to prevent an attack similar to the one in Nice, France

    • Dogs will sniff the crowd for traces of explosives

    When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off Thursday morning, a balloon dubbed Trixie the Dog will bounce above a crowd of 3.5 million wide-eyed New Yorkers and tourists. 

    On the jammed streets down below, eight real dogs will be hard at work keeping the crowds safe by using their ultra-sensitive noses to sniff out the merest whiff of explosives, NBC News reports. 

    They're called "vapor wake" dogs and they are a key part of the NYPD's sweeping plan to make sure the worst thing that happens on Thanksgiving is an overcooked turkey.

    Also, for the first time, every cross street along the parade route will be blocked off, extra insurance that a vehicle cannot be used to attack the crowds as in the deadly July assault in Nice, France. Eighty-three sanitation trucks filled with as much as 16 tons of sand will serve as barriers, police said.

    Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    [NATL] Pig Escapes Slaughterhouse Fate, Sells Original Paintings

    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)