Suffolk County authorities are investigating the whether a ceremonial ritual led to the beheading of three dead roosters that were found dumped in Centereach on Tuesday, officials said.

A white garbage bag containing the remains of the three decapitated birds was found on the corner of Henry Road and Edward Street at 4 p.m., according to the Suffolk SPCA. Suffolk County police referred the case to the agency, authorities said.

Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, said that it is too early in the investigation to rule out a religious or cult ceremony as the motivation.

Suffolk SPCA investigators ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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