Firefighters worked for more than two hours to rescue the cat.
“It’s senseless and just pure evil,” said the chief deputy.
The animal jumped up and hit the tail rotor of the helicopter, officials said.
“They’ve become one of the more prominent wildlife issues in our community,” one official said.
When he came to, he knew who he was, but “little else,” according to a Natural Resources police officer.
The paperwork listed the dog as having been employed by an upscale seafood chain. He was approved for $360 per week in benefits.
When they ride on the hood, the cats wear safety gear including a leash and harness.
He did not have his body camera on.
The dog’s death happened on Christmas Day, officials said.
The lead found in the bird likely came from eating a deer carcass.