DEER PARK - Police say dozens of beheaded animals were discovered inside trash bags near the Deer Park train station yesterday afternoon.

The SPCA says Town of Babylon workers were cleaning up garbage along Long Island Avenue when they came across a dozen black trash bags filled with the remains of roosters, chickens and several goats.

Officials are investigating whether some of the animals were used for cock fighting. Detective Paul Llobell, of the Suffolk SPCA, says they're also looking into the possibility that the critters were used in a religious ritual.

"There are certain cultures in this community that practice Santeria," he says. "However, if you don't kill these animals in a humane way, we consider it cruelty, and that's a chargeable offense."

The Suffolk SPCA is asking anyone with information on the animal killings to contact the agency at 631-382-7722.