Southold police and the Suffolk SPCA are investigating the death of seven cats that were found in a duffel bag Thursday night on the beach in Orient.

At about 9:40 p.m., officers responded to a report of a strong odor coming from a duffel bag on the beach in Orient, Southold Town police said in a news release.

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Police said they found the seven cats inside the bag, and contacted the Suffolk County SPCA

Southold police and the SPCA are continuing the investigation, police said.