The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

Esteban the Chihuahua Disappears From Outside Bed-Stuy Store

By Camille Bautista | April 22, 2016 4:04pm | Updated on April 25, 2016 8:20am
 The 3-pound, 3-year-old dog was last seen on Bedford and Lexington avenues on April 20.
The 3-pound, 3-year-old dog was last seen on Bedford and Lexington avenues on April 20.
View Full Caption
Tina Vaden

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A tiny Chihuahua named Esteban has gone missing in Bedford-Stuyvesant, its owner said.

The 3-pound, 3-year-old gray and white dog disappeared Wednesday night after Tina Vaden tied him outside a local corner store for a quick stop, she said.

Vaden, 32, has had Esteban since he was a puppy, carrying him around in her tote bag and backpack.

“He’s an extension of me, I take him everywhere I can,” she said.

“That’s why I know he doesn’t just run away. I can walk him without a leash. He would’ve come to me.”

Vaden took the pup out for a walk to a store on Bedford and Lexington avenues on April 20 around 9:15 p.m., she said, leaving him tied near the door.

“If he did get loose he would have come in, he doesn’t run so I don’t imagine he would have gone far with me calling for him,” Vaden said.

“I went inside for at most, seven minutes, and when I came outside, he was nowhere to be found.”

The owner believes Esteban was taken and doesn’t think he’s micro chipped.

Photo credit: Tina Vaden

Vaden spent Wednesday putting up signs around her neighborhood and is offering a cash reward for the dog’s return.

This weekend, she’s hoping to visit nearby shelters to file reports, she said.

“He has a home and whole family of people who love him, and I just want to get him home.”

Vaden is asking anyone with information on Esteban to call or text her at 626-485-5608, or send an email to teamtee@gmail.com.