Call of Duty: Warzone Dog Skin Plagiarism Follow-up

Here's a follow-up to the recent report alleging that a new Loyal Samoyed skin Activision planned to sell in Call of Duty: Warzone was plagiarized. References to the skin disappeared after the discovery, suggesting the accusations have merit. Now a tweet from CharlieIntel shares a statement from Activision confirming the removal. There's a suggestion that the plagiarism accusation has merit, but it's vague, as it seems apparent there is a hope this story will just go away:
Statement from Activision spokesperson: "We have the utmost respect for creativity and content creation. We love the Loyal Samoyed, but regrettably we erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game. We apologize for the misstep."