updated 8/2/2006 3:40:29 PM ET 2006-08-02T19:40:29

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A retired dentist and two dogs received an award Tuesday for saving a boy who was buried in the sand at Virginia Beach.

Robert Keel of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania was walking on an empty stretch of beach on April Tenth with his dog, Jude, and his daughter's dog, Riley.

The Brittany Spaniels ran off and wouldn't come back. So Keel followed them and found two legs sticking out of the sand.

Keel and a woman began scooping sand and uncovered 13-year-old Dillon Carney. The Pennsylvania boy had tried to build a sand tunnel and it collapsed on him. He was unconscious.

Keel cleaned sand from Dillon's mouth and breathed air into his lungs, and the boy started breathing again.

Keel and the dogs were presented with the city's Lifesaving Award. It's the first time animals have been recognized by the Virginia Beach Safety Council

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