updated 11/01/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/01/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
Warrior the dog has earned her name.
The stray was left for dead when she was buried alive in a field near a Cape Town, South Africa, school by two janitors who said they were told to get rid of the pooch by a supervisor last month.
The resilient canine survived being tossed in a pit at least 3-ft. deep and is now in the safe care of rescuers at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, where she got her new name.
“We’re all so hopeful that she’s getting better. It’s horrible to be buried alive, and by the X-rays, it appears she was beaten with a hard object,” clinic coordinator Jane Levinson tells PEOPLE. “She’s really very robust; it seems like she’s recovering very well.”