Babies patiently sucked on pacifiers as security officials searched their strollers. Women carrying even the tiniest of clutches were asked to zip them open for inspection. Even golden retrievers couldn’t escape the added scrutiny that came with tighter security measures at this year’s Boston Marathon.
On Newbury Street in the Back Bay, working dogs Luther and Ruthie, whose job is to comfort those traumatized by disaster, sported neon tags that read “inspected” after security officials examined the dogs’ harnesses.
“Better safe than sorry,” said Dona Martin, one of the dogs’ handlers. “I wasn’t upset.”
Officials had said at least 3,500 police officers and troopers would be on patrol along the 26.2-mile route. Additionally, military police in combat fatigues and yellow safety vests were seen guarding the line between runners and spectators on some parts of the course, as police helicopters flew overhead.
In addition to the bag and stroller checks, bomb-sniffing dogs, mostly German shepherds and Labradors, were commonplace — sniffing on Hopkinton streets crowded with runners and striding along sidewalks on Boylston Street in Boston.
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