A man has been charged with malicious maiming of an animal after allegedly stabbing a turtle and grilling it during a BBQ.

Elk Grove police say Eric Pauly was a guest at a home where he found the turtle, allegedly stabbed and barbequed it Monday night.

Police were called to the home where Pauly was arrested. He faces animal cruelty charges and violating probation.

Pauly is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.