SHERMAN \u2014 Officials are looking to find homes for the 19 dogs removed from the Route 55 West property where a person was killed Sunday in a house fire. The identity of the body found at the home has not yet been released, but an autopsy was expected to be completed by the state medical examiner\u2019s office Tuesday, Sherman Fire Marshal David Lathrop said. He planned to hold a press conference afterward. The state medical examiner\u2019s office could not confirm the body\u2019s identity on Tuesday afternoon. The 19 dogs on the site were seized by the state of Connecticut. \u201cThe dogs have all been rescued and are in the possession of regional animal control, as well as state animal control. They were not harmed in the fire,\u201d Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe said. Curtis Read, Bridgewater first selectman, who is chairman of Regional Animal Control, which serves Brookfield, Bridgewater, Sherman, Roxbury and New Milford, said the dogs were in \u201cvery tough shape.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s one of the worst possible events that could happen for dogs and animal control officers to deal with,\u201d Read said. \u201cIt\u2019s a tragic scene of long-term abuse.\u201d He added a lot of the dogs \u201cwere starving and hungry\u201d and \u201cvery skinny.\u201d \u201cThe dogs were tied up outside all over the yard and under stuff and it was a real terrible situation for the animals,\u201d he said. The dogs are now spread out among four area shelters including Southbury, Oxford and Bridgewater. \u201cThe shelters have responded to this tragic fire and they parceled them out to take better care of them and not burden anyone\u2019s shelter with all of them,\u201d Read said. He said he hopes the animals will get rescued, taken care of and have their health checked. \u201cHopefully, they\u2019ll go through animal welfare and other places and get adopted,\u201d he said. Three individuals who were on the property of the fire are now living in a trailer on the site, Lathrop said. The trailer was already set up on the property prior to the fire, he added. \u201cNone of the individuals living on the property are related to the property owner whatsoever,\u201d he added. \u201cOne was living in the trailer and the other two were living in the house with the property owner.\u201d One occupant of the home is listed as Richard Genalski, 76. According to court records, Genalski had an arrest record. In 2013, he was found guilty of cruelty to animals and sentenced to six months in jail with a conditional discharge of one year.