cat to keep him company."
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: "The vet that examined the ginger cat has confirmed to us that he removed a pellet from an air weapon from the animal.
"We just need to raise awareness to people living in the area that it's happening."
Mrs Stevenson said: "Because the weather had been so nice, at first I wasn't that concerned but as the weekend carried on and Milo had still not come home, we all got more and more concerned.
She said a similar fate happened to a neighbour's cat earlier this year and police are looking into both incidents.
Mrs Stevenson said Milo was born in the house where she lives, in Mountfield Way, which backs on to woods off Snelsmoor Lane.
Mrs Stevenson is now worried about hers and neighbours pets. She said: "I am worried that another one might be targeted.
"There have been a number of dead magpies found in the area that I understand have also been shot with some kind of air weapon.
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"But after a couple of days it was very obvious it wasn't right and I took it to the vet.
"The vet said he had massive internal injuries and because of his age he might not pull through.
inside for his food along with the other six cats she owns. She and her family searched the area but there was no sign of the ginger tom.
finds pet cat Milo shot dead with airgun in woods off Snelsmoor Lane after death of Mick Harvey's cat
"I got home from work on Monday, threw some old clothes on and searched deeper into the woods at the back of the house.
"It was between his shoulder blades but the vet said that if it had been any lower then it would have killed him too."
The following morning, when it was apparent Milo was still missing she, husband Lee, 41, and children Olivia, 15, and Joshua, 10, carried on looking for him.
"I noticed that our new cat had a lump under his fur and just thought it was a cyst.
"I appreciate that not everyone likes cats but to shoot it for no reason is just awful.
Mick Harvey found his cat in distress in March and took him straight to the vet.
But earlier this week that new cat was also shot.
Mr Harvey said: "I couldn't believe it when they said that he had been shot.
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Mrs Stevenson, a mother of two who works as a secretary at Rolls Royce in Raynesway, said: "Whoever did this must have got some kind of sick pleasure from this.
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